Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Least Concern

Angola Swallow (Hirundo angolensis)


French: Hirondelle d’Angola German: Angolaschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina angoleña

Hirundo angolensis


, 1868,

Huíla, Angola


Has been considered conspecific with H. lucida. E African birds described as race arcticincta, tending to be paler below and to have deeper tail fork, but differences not constant and biometrics intergrade with those of adjacent populations. Monotypic.


W Gabon, S Congo and W & N Angola; C, NE & E DRCongo, Uganda and W Kenya S to N & NW Zambia, N, W & E Tanzania and N Malawi. Recorded breeding in NC Namibia, but past records from NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip) possibly misidentifications#R.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 16–19 g. Has forehead deep rufous-chestnut, crown and upper­parts glossy steel-blue; wings and tail black, tail moderately forked, large white patches on... read more


Song is a weak twittering.


Open country, grassland, cultivation, swamp and forest edge, clearings, and human habitations.... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes flies (Diptera), mayflies (Ephemeroptera), Hymenoptera and beetles (Coleoptera). Feeds alone, in pairs or in small groups, at... read more


May and Sept in Gabon, May and Aug–Sept in Angola, Jan–Jul and Oct–Dec in Uganda, May in Kenya, Nov–Feb in Tanzania... read more


Mainly resident; migratory in some areas, e.g. mostly absent in Zambia Dec–Mar. Forms flocks... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to locally common. Uncommon in W of range; in E, commoner W of Rift Valley than E of it, but locally common in E Tanzania. Nests mainly in... read more

Recommended citation

Turner, A. (2020). Angola Swallow (Hirundo angolensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).