French: Hirondelle pâle German: Fahluferschwalbe Spanish: Avión pálido
Other common names:
Sharpe and Wyatt
Chimkent, north of Tashkent, Kazakhstan
Subspecies and Distribution
R. d. gavrilovi
Loskot, 2001 – NE Kazakhstan and C Siberia E to R Lena, and Cisbaikalia S to Altai and Tuva Republic; winters S Asia.
R. d. transbaykalica
Goroshko, 1993 – Transbaikalia; winters S Asia.
R. d. diluta
(Sharpe & Wyatt, 1893) – S & SE Kazakhstan, N Kyrgyzstan, E & S Uzbekistan and W Tajikistan; winters NW India and Nepal.
R. d. indica
Ticehurst, 1916 – N Pakistan and NW India.
R. d. fohkienensis
(La Touche, 1908) – C & E China; winters S China and possibly N Indochina.
R. d. tibetana
Stegmann, 1925 – SW China (Xizang-Qinghai Plateau); winters in India and W Bhutan.
12 cm. Nominate race is pale grey brown above, remiges and rectrices darker brown, tail shallowly forked; underparts dingy white, weakly defined pale brown breastband;... read more
Song is a short, grating twittering; when flying around breeding colony, makes a hard “ret” or “... read more
Mainly open country, often near water; in area of sympatry with R. riparia in arid steppe... read more
Food and feeding
Diet not fully documented, probably similar to that of R. riparia. Forages in groups, and mixes with other hirundines and swifts (... read more
Nov–May, mainly Feb–Apr. Colonial, usually small colonies, up to c. 150–200 nests. Nest in burrow in bank, e.g. along... read more
N populations migratory, but wintering sites poorly known; nominate race probably winters mainly in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common. Both breeding and non-breeding distributions poorly known, require further study. Breeding sites probably local and... read more
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