buff-and-black facial markings; forked tail; hooked bill (Spain; 2006-06-08)

Collared Pratincole
Glareolus pratincola

Native Range: A frica and Eurasia

Notes: pratincoles are gull-sized aerial birds with long wings, short legs, and in most cases a forked tail; they tend to be colored in creams, browns, and grays; at rest they usually remain horizontal in posture; coursers (which are also in the family Glareolidae), by contrast, are mostly terrestrial birds, with upright posture, that usually forage alone or in small groups in open countryside.

silhouette; long pointed wings, forked tail; mid-sized (Spain; 2006-06-08)