French: Martinet pâle German: Fahlsegler Spanish: Vencejo pálido
Subspecies and Distribution
A. p. brehmorum
E. J. O. Hartert, 1901 – SW Palearctic from Portugal E to Turkey (except Dalmatian coast), and from Morocco to NW Egypt, including Canary Is and Madeira; winters mainly in Sahel.
A. p. illyricus
Tschusi, 1907 – Dalmatian coast and possibly E Italian coast; winters in E Sahel.
A. p. pallidus
(Shelley, 1870) – Banc d’Arguin (Mauritania) E very locally through Sahara to Middle East (to S Iran); migratory populations winter in Sahel, with limited wintering in coastal Pakistan.
16 cm; 42 g. Large, bulky swift with relatively broad blunt wing-tips, short, fairly shallowly forked tail, broad head and body. Brown, with white throat-patch. Race ... read more
Commonest call is a shrill, piercing, wheezy scream “srreeeeerrr”, overslurred with top frequency... read more
Throughout much of range associated with coastal sites, especially islets, but occurs in... read more
Food and feeding
At Gibraltar, 1293 prey items comprised Hymenoptera 56%, Hemiptera 25%, Diptera 12%, Coleoptera 5%, Lepidoptera 1%, and others, including... read more
Laying dates: Israel, Mar–May; Morocco and Tunisia, Mar–Jul, with first clutch from Apr and second clutches beginning late Jul... read more
Southernmost and some Middle Eastern breeders resident; additional wintering in S Spain and as far... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Abundant in some areas, including much of N Africa and W Mediterranean. Huge count of 8000–12,000 birds made from an area of... read more
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