French: Hirondelle du désert German: Wüstenschwalbe Spanish: Avión isabel norteño
#R, north-east Africa = lower Egypt on right bank of Nile, in region of Cairo and neighbouring Moqattam Hills
Subspecies and Distribution
P. o. presaharica
(Vaurie, 1953) – S Morocco, Algeria (except S) and N Mauritania.
P. o. obsoleta
(Cabanis, 1851) – Egypt E to N, C & E Arabia and Iran.
P. o. spatzi
(Geyr von Schweppenburg, 1916) – S Algeria, SW Libya and N Chad.
P. o. buchanani
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1921) – Niger.
P. o. arabica
(Reichenow, 1905) – NE Chad (Massif Ennedi), N Sudan, SW Arabia, Eritrea, N Somalia and Socotra.
P. o. pusilla
(Zedlitz, 1908) – S Mali E to N & C Ethiopia and W Eritrea.
P. o. perpallida
(Vaurie, 1951) – S Iraq and NE Saudi Arabia.
P. o. pallida
A. O. Hume, 1872 – S & E Iran, SW & SE Afghanistan and Pakistan.
12·5–14 cm; 14–24·5 g; wingspan 27·5–30 cm. Small to medium-sized, short-tailed hirundine with washed-out colours, including rather pale grey-brown upperparts, cream-white... read more
Song a muffled, slightly raucous twitter, “tche-pte-tche-tec-t-t-che-che-chrrrrrr”, ending... read more
Mountains, crags, cliffs, gorges, coasts, also human habitations, including towns and cities;... read more
Food and feeding
Diet flying insects, with stomach contents, and direct observations, of birds in Arabia comprising beetles, bees, wasps, ants, bugs, flies... read more
Season Feb–Apr in NW Africa (occasionally from Jan), Jan–Jun in Egypt, mainly Mar–May (some to early Jul) in Israel, mainly Feb–Apr (Dec–... read more
Partial migrant, with local changes in numbers, e.g. in Morocco. Forms usually small post-breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and generally common, even very common in some parts of range, e.g. Jordan; readily nests on buildings, even in cities... read more
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