Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-bellied Swallow (Cecropis badia)

Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this taxon is now lumped within Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica).

Taxonomy

French: Hirondelle baie German: Thaischwalbe Spanish: Golondrina Ventrirrufa
Taxonomy:

Cecropis badia

Cassin

, 1853,

Malacca, West Malaysia

.

Genus often merged with Hirundo, but DNA studies support retention of separate taxa. Forms a superspecies with C. daurica and C. striolata, the three replacing each other geographically; often treated as conspecific with those, especially latter, but recent review suggests that they are separate species. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Malay Peninsula.

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm. Has crown and back glossy steel-blue, rufous hindcollar poorly defined or absent, rump unstreaked chestnut; wings and tail blackish-brown with slight blue... read more

Voice

Song is a soft twittering or warble; also makes a single “tweep” or “pin”, a sharp “cheenk”, and a... read more

Habitat

Open hilly country, rocky outcrops. Forages over open country and forest. Occasionally seen around... read more

Food and feeding

Dietary details not known; probably similar to those for C. daurica and C. striolata. Often feeds in flocks with other... read more

Breeding

Eggs and nestlings recorded in Jun. Solitary. Nest enclosed, with long tunnel, made of mud pellets, lined with dry grass and few feathers,... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common. Relatively poorly known species, chiefly because it was until recently treated as a race of C. striolata or of more widespread and... read more

Recommended citation

Turner, A. (2019). Rufous-bellied Swallow (Cecropis badia). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/57755 on 23 February 2019).