French: Hirondelle de Guinée German: Singschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina guineana
Casamance River, Senegal
Subspecies and Distribution
H. l. lucida
Hartlaub, 1858 – Senegal and extreme S Mauritania E to SW Niger, S to W Sierra Leone, Liberia, N Togo and Benin.
H. l. rothschildi
Neumann, 1904 – Ethiopian highlands.
H. l. subalaris
Reichenow, 1905 – R Congo.
15 cm; 12–14 g. Has forehead rufous-chestnut, crown and upperparts glossy steel-blue; wings and tail black, tail moderately forked, large white patches on inner webs of... read more
Song is a weak, but clear and loud, twittering.
Open country, grassland, savanna, marshes, rivers and lakes, forest clearings and human habitations... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes termites (Isoptera). Feeds alone, in pairs or in small groups, sometimes flocks of 40 or more individuals, often with other... read more
Mar–Jul and Dec in Senegal, Mar–Jun in Gambia, Jul–Aug in Mauritania, Aug–Sept in Mali, Sept–Oct in Niger,... read more
Mainly resident. Movements occur in some parts of W Africa, e.g. in C Ghana, and S Benin in the... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common, sometimes abundant. Readily uses bridges for nesting, and population may be increasing as a result.
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