French: Hirondelle à tête rousse German: Kaprötelschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina cabecirrufa
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Angola, and from C Namibia, SE Botswana and E & C Zimbabwe S to South Africa; migrates N to N Angola, Zambia, S DRCongo and SW Tanzania.
18–20 cm; 19–35 g. Has forehead and crown dark rufous-chestnut, neck side and hindneck paler, back glossy deep blue, rump and shorter uppertail-coverts light... read more
Song starts with few “chrrp” notes and ends in descending trill; also a “chrrp... read more
Semi-arid karoo, open grassland, including montane grassland above 2000 m; often near water; also... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes flying ants (Hymenoptera); mulberries (Morus) and Acacia cyclops seeds occasionally taken, and latter... read more
Mainly Nov–Mar in Namibia, Nov–Apr in Botswana, Aug–Mar in Zimbabwe and Sept–May (peak Oct–Dec) in South... read more
Migratory. Forms small post-breeding flocks of up to 30 individuals. Migrates N in Mar–Apr,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Mostly common; scarcer in N & W of range. Readily uses wide variety of artificial nest-sites, which may have allowed its numbers to increase.
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