Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Least Concern

Banded Martin (Neophedina cincta)


French: Hirondelle à collier German: Weißbrauen-Uferschwalbe Spanish: Avión cinchado

Hirundo Cincta


, 1783,

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa


Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • N. c. erlangeri (Reichenow, 1905) – Ethiopia.
  • N. c. suahelica (van Someren, 1922) – S South Sudan, E & SE DRCongo, Uganda, W Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, NW & S Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, N Zimbabwe and W Mozambique.
  • N. c. parvula (Amadon, 1954) – N Angola (N Bengo E to Lunda Norte), SW DRCongo and NW Zambia, possibly also S Gabon and S Congo; migrates N at least to N Cameroon.
  • N. c. xerica (Clancey & Irwin, 1966) – W & S Angola (Cabinda, and S Bengo and Luanda E to S Lunda Sul and Moxico and S to Huíla), N Namibia and N Botswana, possibly also NW Zimbabwe.
  • N. c. cincta (Boddaert, 1783) – S Zimbabwe, SE Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland; migrates N at least to Angola and DRCongo.
  • Descriptive notes

    17 cm; 19–30 g. Has blackish lores and line through eye, white stripe from base of bill to above eye; crown and upperparts, including wings and tail, dark brown, tail... read more


    Song is a squeaky warbling, sometimes ending in a trill; also a louder chattering and short calls... read more


    Open country, such as grassland, savanna, cultivation, often near water. Up to 3000 m. Roosts in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet includes beetles (Coleoptera), moths and their caterpillars (Lepidoptera), flies (Diptera), mantids (Mantodea), lacewings (Neuroptera... read more


    May–Aug in Ethiopia, Feb–Jun and Aug–Sept in E Africa, Jul in DRCongo, mostly Nov–Dec in Angola, and Aug, Oct and... read more


    Mainly resident, with some poorly known local movements; S populations migratory. Post-breeding... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon and local; locally common in parts of E Africa and frequent in Ethiopia; widespread in grasslands of Swaziland and S Africa, where... read more

    Recommended citation

    Turner, A. (2020). Banded Martin (Neophedina cincta). 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 18 February 2020).