Coursers and Pratincoles (Glareolidae)

Rock Pratincole (Glareola nuchalis) - HBW 3, p. 383

French: Glaréole auréolée German: Halsband-Brachschwalbe Spanish: Canastera Sombría
Other common names: Collared Pratincole(!); Chestnut-collared/Rufous-collared Pratincole (liberiae); White-collared Pratincole (nuchalis)

Taxonomy: Glareola nuchalis G. R. Gray, 1849, Fifth Cataract of the Nile near Berber, Sudan.
Sometimes placed in Galachrysia with G. cinerea and G. lactea. Race liberiae sometimes considered a megasubspecies. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • liberiae Schlegel, 1881 - Sierra Leone to W Cameroon.
  • nuchalis G. R. Gray, 1849 - Chad E to Uganda, extreme W Kenya and Ethiopia, and S to R Zambezi in Zambia, NE Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

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