French: Hirondelle fluviatile German: Braunscheitelschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina india
Somar and Kane Rivers, Bundelkund, northern Madhya Pradesh, India
Summer visitor to NE Afghanistan and NW Himalayas. Resident in C & E Pakistan (mainly R Indus Plain) and N & C India (E to W Assam, S to S Karnataka). Winter records farther S#R.
11–12 cm; 8–12 g. Has forehead, crown and nape dull chestnut with faint dark streaks, back glossy deep blue with few narrow whitish streaks, rump pale brown;... read more
Song is a twittering; also a sharp “trr trr”.
Open country, foothills, cultivation, and human habitations, including towns; often near water,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes flies (Diptera). Forages in flocks; joins other hirundines. Flight weak, fluttery.
Varies locally; mainly Mar–Jun in N and Dec–Apr and Jul–Oct in S; peaks Mar–Apr and also Jul–Oct in Pakistan... read more
Mainly resident; some post-breeding movements, especially to lower altitudes, e.g. winter visitor... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in Pakistan, locally common in India. Has probably benefited from increased availability of artificial nest-sites associated... read more
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