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).


French: Hirondelle baie German: Thaischwalbe Spanish: Golondrina Ventrirrufa

Cecropis badia


, 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.


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


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


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


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



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 on 23 February 2019).