Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Least Concern

Dusky Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne concolor)


Taxonomy

French: Hirondelle concolore German: Einfarbschwalbe Spanish: Avión oscuro
Taxonomy:

Hirundo concolor

Sykes

, 1832,

Dukhun, India

.

See P. rupestris. Race sintaungensis may not be clearly distinguishable from nominate, which varies in darkness. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. c. concolor (Sykes, 1832) – extreme SE Pakistan and India (from Gujarat, E Rajasthan, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh E to Odisha, S to Kerala and W Tamil Nadu).
  • P. c. sintaungensis (E. C. S. Baker, 1933) – E & S Myanmar, S China (S Yunnan), N & W Thailand, N Laos, N & S Vietnam and Malay Peninsula.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14 cm; 12–14 g. Plumage is mostly dark sooty brown (variable, to blackish), paler below; tail square, white patches except on outermost and innermost... read more

    Voice

    Twittering song; contact call a soft “chit”chit”.

    Habitat

    Mountainous areas with cliffs and gorges, also lowland areas with suitable breeding sites; also... read more

    Food and feeding

    Dietary details not known. Feeds alone or in pairs, occasionally in small groups; often associates with other hirundines. Forages around... read more

    Breeding

    Jan–Oct; mainly Feb–Mar and after rains in Jul–Aug in India, Feb–May and Jul–Oct in Pakistan; Mar–Apr... read more

    Movements

    Resident, with some local post-breeding movements. Forms small flocks when not breeding. Vagrant in... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally common to locally common. Common where breeding sites abundant, including in cities such as Bombay (India), but only locally distributed;... read more

    Recommended citation

    Turner, A. (2019). Dusky Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne concolor). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57745 on 16 February 2019).