Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Least Concern

Fanti Saw-wing (Psalidoprocne obscura)


French: Hirondelle fanti German: Scherenschwanzschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina fanti

Hirundo obscura


, 1855,

Dabocrom, Ghana




S Senegambia E to C & S Nigeria and W Cameroon.

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 9–10 g. Has glossy dark green plumage; wings and tail black with green gloss, tail long and strongly forked; underwing-coverts dull brown. Distinguished from... read more


Not very vocal. Presumed song is a series of variable faint squeaky notes given at leisurely pace.... read more


Woodland, forest edge, grassland and rivers; usually near water. Feeds in clearings or forest edge... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes beetles (Coleoptera). Forages in pairs or small groups, sometimes up to 50 together, often low over grassland or water, or... read more


In rainy season, generally May–Aug; Sept–Oct in Sierra Leone and May–Oct in Nigeria. Solitary or in small groups. Both... read more


Resident in some areas, e.g. S Nigeria, but breeding visitor farther N. Generally more common in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to locally common; locally common in, for example, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Nigeria. Rare to not... read more

Recommended citation

Turner, A. & Boesman, P. (2020). Fanti Saw-wing (Psalidoprocne obscura). 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 30 March 2020).