French: Hirondelle à ailes tachetées German: Scheckflügelschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina alipinta
Senegambia, Guinea, NW Sierra Leone, S Mali, N Ivory Coast, S Burkina Faso, SW Niger and Ghana E to C Nigeria.
12 cm. Distinctive. Has forehead to hindneck and upperparts glossy steel-blue, large white patches on inner greater upperwing-coverts, inner secondaries and tertials; tail... read more
Not very vocal; “chut” contact call.
Wooded savanna, forest clearings and rivers; also around human habitations, including towns.
Food and feeding
Details of diet not known. Feeds alone or in pairs, occasionally in small groups; also associates with other hirundines. Forages low down,... read more
Apr/May–Jun. Solitary. Nest built by both sexes, taking 15–30 days, a shallow open cup made of mud, lined with dry grass and... read more
May be resident with some post-breeding movements in some areas; partial migrant in others. In some... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally scarce to uncommon, sometimes locally common. Distribution irregular. Has possibly benefited locally from its extensive use of buildings as... read more
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