French: Hirondelle du Népal German: Nepalschwalbe Spanish: Avión nepalí
Subspecies and Distribution
D. n. nipalense
F. Moore, 1854 – Himalayas from Uttarakhand, Nepal and adjacent Tibetan Plateau E to W Myanmar.
D. n. cuttingi
Mayr, 1941 – NE Myanmar, S China (Yunnan), N Laos and NW Vietnam (W Tonkin).
11·5–12·5 cm; 14–16 g. Male has glossy blue crown and back, blue on side of head extending well below eye; rump white, uppertail-coverts white with... read more
Not very vocal; high-pitched “chi-i” recorded in flight.
Valleys and mountain ridges, open areas with cliffs; also around villages. Breeds to at least 3500... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes flies (Diptera). Feeds in flocks, sometimes with other hirundines and swifts (Apodidae), and often high up; flight a mix of... read more
Generally Mar/Apr–Sept, varying locally; may be double-brooded. Colonial, in groups of tens or hundreds of pairs, often 25–50,... read more
Resident; sometimes moves short distances, especially to lower altitudes, after end of breeding.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Nominate race common to fairly common; widespread and fairly common in Nepal, locally fairly common in India, common in Bhutan. In E of range (... read more
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