French: Hirondelle à gorge perlée German: Perlbrustschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina perlada
Leroma, Transvaal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
H. d. marwitzi
Reichenow, 1903 – Angola, S DRCongo, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, NE South Africa and W Mozambique.
H. d. dimidiata
Sundevall, 1850 – Namibia and Botswana S to the Cape. S populations migrate N.
13 cm; 10–15 g. Male is glossy blue above, wings blackish with slight blue gloss; tail slightly forked, blackish, usually without any white; grey-white below, grey wash... read more
Song is a harsh “chip-cheree-chip-chip”; also a courtship call “kss-kss”, “twit” calls uttered in... read more
Grassland, scrub, broadleaf woodland, miombo woodland edge and clearings, cultivation, and human... read more
Food and feeding
Details of diet not known. Forages alone, in pairs or in small groups, occasionally in flocks of up to 100. Feeds, probably on flies,... read more
Aug–Oct in DRCongo, Aug–Sept in Zambia and Malawi, Sept in Mozambique, Oct–Jan in Namibia, Aug–Feb in Zimbabwe; Aug... read more
Mainly resident with some post-breeding movement in N. Migratory S of c. 26° S; details not clear,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Usually scarce and sparsely distributed, but can be locally common. Occurs throughout the year in Botswana but breeding not recorded there. Since... read more
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