French: Hirondelle paludicole German: Braunkehl-Uferschwalbe Spanish: Avión paludícola africano
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Subspecies and Distribution
R. p. mauritanica
(Meade-Waldo, 1901) – W & NW Morocco, from R Massa N to lower R Loukkos#R.
R. p. minor
(Cabanis, 1851) – #Rlocally from Senegambia E to Sudan and N Ethiopia.
R. p. schoensis
Reichenow, 1920 – Ethiopian highlands.
R. p. newtoni
Bannerman, 1937 – SE Nigeria and adjacent W Cameroon.
R. p. ducis
Reichenow, 1908 – E DRCongo, Uganda (possibly adjacent S South Sudan#R) and W & C Kenya S to Burundi and N & C Tanzania.
R. p. paludicola
(Vieillot, 1817) – W & SW Angola, Zambia, S Tanzania and Malawi S to South Africa.
11–12 cm; 8–17 g; wingspan 26–27 cm. Nominate race is somewhat variable in overall coloration, but typically olive-brown above, with wings and tail dark... read more
Weak twittering song; calls include a contact call “svee-svee”, a flock call “... read more
Near rivers, lakes and other waterbodies, especially in breeding season. Also forages over... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes dipteran flies such as chironomids, tipulids, syrphids and muscids, Hymenoptera (ants), homopteran bugs (aphids), beetles (... read more
Season variable, probably depending on rains, generally in dry season in S Africa, in rains in E Africa; Oct and Dec–Mar in Morocco,... read more
Sedentary in some areas, e.g. Morocco; partial migrant in others, e.g. E & S Africa. Forms... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in most of range, as in Morocco, where range has recently increased near Rabat, and has bred near the Strait of Gibraltar, and... read more
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