French: Guêpier à queue d’aronde German: Schwalbenschwanzspint Spanish: Abejaruco golondrina
A. A. H. Lichtenstein
Oranje River, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
M. h. chrysolaimus
Jardine & Selby, 1830 – Senegal E to N Central African Republic.
M. h. heuglini
(Neumann, 1906) – NE DRCongo, N Uganda, S South Sudan and SW Ethiopia.
M. h. furcatus
Stanley, 1814 – S DRCongo, N Tanzania and SE Kenya S to C Angola and Mozambique.
M. h. hirundineus
A. A. H. Lichtenstein, 1793 – S Angola, SW Zambia and W Zimbabwe S to N South Africa (Northern Cape Province).
23 cm; 18–29 g. Green above, with blue rump; broad black eyestripe edged with bluish-white below; throat yellow, bordered below by blue gorget; breast green, shading to... read more
A variety of rather subdued rolling calls “peerrr...peerrr...”, “trip...trip...”. Flight call is a... read more
Tall, mature savanna woodland; Baikiaea woodland on Kalahari sand, Isoberlinia,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet of honeybees and other hymenopterans, flies, beetles, butterflies, bugs, grasshoppers and cicadas. Feeds by fly-catching in same... read more
In N tropics breeds about Apr–Jul, and in S Africa in Sept–Dec. Nests solitarily, or sometimes 2–3 pairs close together.... read more
Mobile and nomadic. Movements poorly understood in N tropics, and difficult to interpret even in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widely distributed but local and generally uncommon in N tropics; much larger range S of equator, where sparse and uncommon to locally common; near... read more
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