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Dutch Birding volume 38 (2016) no 2


Oriental Pratincole near Sint Philipsland in September 2014

On 7-8 September 2014, an adult Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum was present near Sint Philipsland, Zeeland, the Netherlands. The bird was well documented, making elimination of a heavily abraded Collared Pratincole G pratincola (ie, with worn white tips to the secondaries and abraded outer tail-feathers) straightforward. The identification was mainly based on the short tail (falling well short of the wing-tip at rest), lack of white trailing edge to the wing, oval-shaped nostril and some more subtle plumage characters. This was the second record for the Netherlands; the first was on 1-5 August 1997. There are now 13 records in Europe, almost half of which from England.

Kris De Rouck, K Cardijnlaan 87-2, 2547 Lint, België
Enno B Ebels, Joseph Haydnlaan 4, 3533 AE Utrecht, Nederland