French: Hirondelle de Preuss German: Rostschläfenschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina de Preuss
Other common names:
Preuss's Cliff Swallow
Sanaga River near Edéa, Cameroon
Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, E Guinea and S Mali E to Nigeria, Cameroon and SW & S Central African Republic, also NW & NE DRCongo.
12 cm; 12–14 g. Has glossy deep blue crown and ear-coverts, rufous patch behind eye, upperparts glossy deep blue with grey-white streaks, rump creamy buff; wings and... read more
Noisy twittering song; a “prrp-prrp” uttered in flight and a “pseep” alarm... read more
Savanna and cultivation, usually near cliffs and rivers.
Food and feeding
Diet includes Hymenoptera (flying ants). Feeds in often large flocks; mixes with other hirundines and swifts (Apodidae). Forages sometimes... read more
At end of dry season, mainly Feb–Jun; Nov–Jul in Mali; May–Jun, Dec–Jan and probably also Feb–Apr in Ghana;... read more
Resident or partial migrant. Forms large flocks and disperses after breeding. Movements poorly... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rare to locally common; irregularly distributed. May have benefited from creation of new artificial nest-sites, such as culverts and bridges, which... read more
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