French: Martinet du Nyanza German: Braunsegler Spanish: Vencejo de Nyanza
Kagehi, Lake Victoria, Tanzania
Subspecies and Distribution
A. n. niansae
(Reichenow, 1887) – Eritrea, W Ethiopia, E Uganda, W Kenya and N Tanzania; winter records from NE DRCongo, NW Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.
A. n. somalicus
(S. R. Clarke, 1919) – N Somalia and adjacent Ethiopia; some winter in Kenya.
15 cm; male 32 g, female 33 g. Medium-sized swift with small head, rakish wings, comparatively short and shallowly forked tail with relatively blunt rectrices; blackest on... read more
Differs slightly from typical scream of A. apus, the scream being a shorter, more twangy and more... read more
Although can be encountered in lowlands, typically occurs in highland areas and associated habitats... read more
Food and feeding
Prey items recorded: ants 14, flies 7, beetles 2, bugs 1, bees 1 and termites 1. Most active in crepuscular period, though feeds throughout... read more
Laying dates: Eritrea Apr–May, C Ethiopian plateau Apr–Aug, Addis Ababa May–Sept, Kenya Sept; somalicus thought... read more
In N Somalia present late Mar to late Sept, probably only partially migratory. Addis Ababa colonies... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common to abundant throughout the Rift Valley Highlands. Huge colony at Hell’s Gate National Park, Naivasha, Kenya, numbers 10,000s of... read more
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