French: Hirondelle à gorge fauve German: Rotkehlschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina gorjirroja
Other common names:
Red-throated Cliff Swallow
Gabon and S Congo S to C Angola, thence E to S DRCongo and NW Zambia.
12 cm; c. 16 g. Has crown and upperparts glossy deep blue, hindneck and mantle with faint white streaks, rump rufous; wings and tail blackish-brown, tail slightly forked,... read more
Twittering song; harsh “tre-tre-tre” uttered in flight.
Open grassland and cultivation, often near water and cliffs; locally also at bridges over large... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes flies (Diptera). Forages usually in flocks, often with other hirundines and swifts (Apodidae), up to 30 km from nest-site.... read more
Jul–Oct in Angola, Apr and Jun in DRCongo and Apr and Sept–Oct in Zambia. Colonies of tens or hundreds of pairs, up to c. 400,... read more
Mainly resident or partial migrant; migratory in SE, occurring in Zambia Apr to early Dec.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. First colonized Gabon in late 1970s, continuing to expand N there; appears to be extending range also in Zambia. Expansion probably... read more
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