French: Hirondelle à queue courte German: Grünglanzschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina colicuadrada
River Muni, Gabon.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. n. nitens
(Cassin, 1857) – S Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, S Ivory Coast, S Ghana, Togo, and from SE Nigeria E to N & C DRCongo and S to Gabon, Congo and extreme NW Angola (Cabinda).
P. n. centralis
Neumann, 1904 – NE DRCongo.
11 cm; 10 g. Plumage is mostly dark brown with green gloss; wings and square-ended tail blackish-brown; chin and throat grey-brown; underwing-coverts blackish-brown with... read more
Not very vocal; twitters in flocks and has a quiet “sip” call.
Lowland primary and secondary forest. Feeds within forest clearings or above canopy; also around... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), flying ants (Hymenoptera), termites (Isoptera). Forages in pairs or in small flocks of... read more
End of dry season and start of rains: Oct–May in Liberia, Jan–Jul in Cameroon, Jul–Mar in Gabon, Aug in Cabinda, and Feb... read more
Sedentary, but some post-breeding movement occurs, e.g. in Liberia and C Ivory Coast.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally localized and uncommon to rare; considered to be common in Liberia, and locally common in Gabon, Ghana and NE DRCongo. Appears to make less... read more
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