French: Hirondelle des mosquées German: Senegalrötelschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina senegalesa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. senegalensis
(Linnaeus, 1766) – extreme S Mauritania and Senegambia E to N Ghana, N Nigeria, N Cameroon, S Chad and S Sudan.
C. s. saturatior
(Bannerman, 1923) – S Ghana E to S Cameroon, South Sudan and Ethiopia and S to Congo, N DRCongo, Burundi and N & S Kenya.
C. s. monteiri
(Hartlaub, 1862) – Angola and S DRCongo E to S Kenya, S to N Namibia, N Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and extreme NE South Africa.
24 cm; 38–54 g. Nominate race has glossy purple-blue or steel-blue crown and back, rufous collar which becomes very narrow on hindneck and is sometimes broken by dark... read more
Song is rambling mix of nasal, whining and creaking notes; calls include a nasal “nyaa... read more
Grassland, savanna, bush, woodland, especially mopane woodland, clearings in forest, rivers,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes Hymenoptera (flying ants), termites (Isoptera), flies (Diptera). Feeds alone or in small groups, mixes with other hirundines... read more
Before and during rains in W Africa, e.g. Jul–Oct and Dec in Senegambia, Jan, Apr–Jul and Oct in Ghana, May–Aug in... read more
Mainly resident, especially in S; partly migratory in some areas, and often present mainly in wet... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally considered to be scarce or only locally common, especially in S of range; common in some areas, e.g. Ghana, E Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Has... read more
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