July 9, 2020

Charadriiformes Family: Glareolidae

Charadriiformes Family: Glareolidae

Glareolidae is a group of swimming flying creatures containing the pratincoles, which have short legs, since quite a while ago pointed wings and since a long time ago forked tails, and the coursers, which have long legs, short wings and since a long time ago, pointed bills which bend downwards. There are 17 species worldwide and 6 species which happen in Benin.

Egyptian plover, Pluvianus aegyptius

Temminck’s courser,branndata Cursorius temminckii

Bronze-winged courser, Rhinoptilus chalcopterus

Captured pratincole, Glareola pratincola

Rock pratincole, Glareola nuchalis

Dark pratincole, Glareola cinerea

Plovers and lapwings

Request: Charadriiformes Family: Charadriidae

The family Charadriidae incorporates the plovers, dotterels and lapwings. They are little to medium-sized flying creatures with minimal bodies, short, thick necks and long, generally pointed, wings. They are found in open nation around the world, for the most part in natural surroundings close to water. There are 66 species worldwide and 13 species which happen in Benin.

Prod winged plover, Vanellus spinosus

Dark headed lapwing, Vanellus tectus

White-headed lapwing, Vanellus albiceps

Senegal lapwing, Vanellus lugubris

Wattled lapwing, Vanellus senegallus

Earthy colored chested lapwing, Vanellus superciliosus

Dark bellied plover, Pluvialis squatarola

Regular ringed plover, Charadrius hiaticula

Minimal ringed plover, Charadrius dubius

Kittlitz’s plover, Charadrius pecuarius

Forbes’ plover, Charadrius forbesi

White-fronted plover, Charadrius marginatus

Kentish plover, Charadrius alexandrinus

Sandpipers and partners


The thick-knees are a gathering of to a great extent tropical waders in the family Burhinidae. They are discovered worldwide inside the tropical zone, with certain species additionally reproducing in mild Europe and Australia. They are medium to enormous waders with solid dark or yellow-dark bills, huge yellow eyes and mysterious plumage. In spite of being classed as waders, most species have an inclination for parched or semi-dry natural surroundings. There are 9 species worldwide and 3 species which happen in Benin.

Water thick-knee, Burhinus vermiculatus

Senegal thick-knee, Burhinus senegalensis

Spotted thick-knee, Burhinus capensis

Pratincoles and coursers


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