French: Martinet de Böhm German: Fledermaussegler Spanish: Vencejo de Böhm
Other common names:
Böhm's Spine-tailed Swift
Subspecies and Distribution
N. b. boehmi
(Schalow, 1882) – W & CE Angola, S DRCongo, W & N Zambia and W Tanzania.
N. b. sheppardi
(Roberts, 1922) – SE Kenya and E Tanzania; E & SE Zambia, N & E Zimbabwe, Mozambique and NE South Africa.
10 cm; 14·5 g. A small spinetail with a quite remarkable appearance; large head, very short, square tail, rectrix spines up to 3·5 mm beyond webs, and long... read more
A distinctive “sitsitsit-see-tsew” or “sitsitCHE-chew”. Also a high-pitched “srree-srree-seeep”.
A lowland species, mainly below 600 m but recorded at 900 m in Zimbabwe and 1300 m in Tanzania.... read more
Food and feeding
Flies, beetles and ants recorded. Highly gregarious, associating with various species of saw-wing swallow (Psalidoprocne), ... read more
Egg-laying Kenya Jan or Feb, Tanzania Apr, Kasai, DRCongo, Oct, Zambia Sept–Oct and Jan, South Africa Apr; newly fledged young Angola... read more
Resident throughout range, but apparently more abundant in Zambia in dry season, while numbers... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Only locally common even in areas of greatest abundance, and rare through much of range. Classified as Red Data species in South Africa where thought... read more
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