French: Hirondelle à ventre roux German: Rostbrust-Rötelschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina pechirrufa
Other common names:
Magaliesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. gordoni
(Jardine, 1852) – #RSenegambia and Sierra Leone E to CW Sudan, S South Sudan, Uganda, SW Kenya, extreme NW & N Tanzania and Rwanda, S to N Angola and C DRCongo; breeding visitor in N parts of range.
C. s. semirufa
(Sundevall, 1850) – SW, C & E Angola, and from S DRCongo, Zambia and W Malawi S to N Namibia, N & E Botswana, NE South Africa and Swaziland; breeding visitor in S parts of range.
24 cm; 25–40 g. Has glossy blue-black crown and upperparts, rufous neck side, rump and underparts; wings and tail blue-black, elongated outer tail feathers forming long... read more
Song is a soft gurgling; also a plaintive “seeur”, a short “chip” and an alarm call “weet-weet”.
Open country, mostly to 1500 m. Grassland, savanna, scrub, woodland clearings, farmland, human... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes hymenopterans (flying ants), flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera). Forages in pairs or small groups; large numbers will... read more
In rains in W Africa, e.g. Apr–Aug in Liberia, Apr–Sept in Nigeria, Mar–Jul in Cameroon; Apr–Jul and Oct–Dec... read more
Resident near equator; breeding visitor in N & S of range, migrating mainly to tropical areas.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Varies from uncommon to locally common. Recent expansion to S & E, especially in South Africa, perhaps linked to road construction, with bridges... read more
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