French: Hirondelle fanti German: Scherenschwanzschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina fanti
S Senegambia E to C & S Nigeria and W Cameroon.
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
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