French: Hirondelle isabelline German: Steinschwalbe Spanish: Avión isabel meridional
Other common names:
Rock Martin (when lumped with P. obsoleta and P. rufigula)
M. H. C. Lichtenstein
Baviaan River, Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. f. anderssoni
(Sharpe & Wyatt, 1887) – NW & SW Angola and N & C Namibia.
P. f. fuligula
(M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1842) – S Namibia, Botswana and W South Africa.
P. f. pretoriae
Roberts, 1922 – SW Zimbabwe and S Mozambique (Lebombo Range) S to E South Africa.
11–14 cm; 16–30 g. Nominate race has dark earth-brown crown and upperparts, darker brown wings and tail; tail square, white spots on inner webs of feathers (... read more
Not very vocal; song is a soft twittering; calls include a contact call “twee”, a... read more
Mountains, crags, cliffs, gorges, coasts, also human habitations, including towns and cities;... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), Hymenoptera (including flying ants). Forages in pairs or small... read more
Season mainly May–Jun/Jul and Oct–Dec in W Africa, Jan–Mar and Oct–Dec in Ethiopia; in all months in E Africa,... read more
Resident, with local changes in numbers. Forms usually small post-breeding flocks; roosts, on... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and generally common; scarce in Namibia and Botswana. Density at Cape Town, in South Africa, was c. 5 pairs/km².... read more
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