Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Least Concern

Mountain Saw-wing (Psalidoprocne fuliginosa)


French: Hirondelle brune German: Kamerunschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina camerunesa

Psalidoprocne fuliginosa


, 1887,

Mount Cameroon


Birds from Bioko described as race poensis, but considered indistinguishable. Monotypic.


W Cameroon (Mt Cameroon) and Bioko. Recorded in E Nigeria (Obudu Plateau and Mambilla Plateau), but status there not known#R.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 11–14 g. Has dull chocolate-brown plumage, with wings darker brown; tail moderately forked; underwing-­coverts smoky brown. Differs from P. obscura... read more


Quiet, melodious song “dju-dju-diob-djuob-djuob”; calls in flight “see-su... read more


Forest, forest edge and clearings, montane grassland, plantations, farmland, around human... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not known. Generally forages in pairs or in small groups, though one flock of over 50 individuals recorded; sometimes with other... read more


Oct–Mar. Usually solitary, but group of 10–15 pairs also recorded and 4–5 pairs inspecting a nest-site. Nest a tightly... read more


Probably resident; some records suggest possible post-breeding movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. Common, and occurring in a variety of habitats, within its small range. Also recorded on... read more

Recommended citation

Turner, A. (2020). Mountain Saw-wing (Psalidoprocne fuliginosa). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 February 2020).