French: Hirondelle à croupion gris German: Graubürzelschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina culigrís
Natal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. g. melbina
(J. P. Verreaux & J. B. É. Verreaux, 1851) – Gambia E to SW Ivory Coast, Ghana, and coast from Equatorial Guinea S to extreme NW Angola (Cabinda).
P. g. griseopyga
(Sundevall, 1850) – Mali, SE Burkina Faso, NW Benin, E Nigeria, N Cameroon, N Central African Republic, extreme S & NE South Sudan, extreme SE Sudan, Ethiopia, E Congo, and from W & E DRCongo, Uganda and W Kenya S to Angola, extreme N Namibia, N Botswana, NE South Africa (S to KwaZulu-Natal) and N & E Swaziland.
14 cm; 8–12 g. Crown and ear-coverts to hindneck are dark brown; back and wings glossy dark blue, rump and uppertail-coverts grey-brown; tail strongly forked, dark... read more
Not very vocal; song is a weak twittering; also a grating “chraa” in flight.
Open areas such as floodplains, grassland, savanna or open woodland, often near water. In both... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes beetles (Coleoptera) and flies (Diptera). Forages mainly low over water, also over open ground and around tree canopies, at... read more
Mainly in dry season, also sometimes breeding opportunistically to take advantage of good conditions: Nov–May in W Africa, Mar–... read more
Not well understood. Forms large non-breeding flocks, usually up to c. 200 individuals, sometimes... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Scarce to uncommon in some areas, locally common or abundant in others. Generally scarce in W Africa, but locally not uncommon in Liberia; rare in... read more
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