French: Hirondelle des arbres German: Baumschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina arborícola
Subspecies and Distribution
P. n. timoriensis
Sharpe, 1885 – E Lesser Sundas (Timor, probably also Flores).
P. n. neglecta
Mathews, 1912 – Australia (except N and dry C areas).
P. n. nigricans
(Vieillot, 1817) – Tasmania; migrates N as far as New Guinea.
13 cm; 14–19 g. Nominate race has rufous forehead band, glossy deep blue crown, nape and back, dull white rump with brownish-black shaft streaks, dusky uppertail-... read more
Song is a high-pitched twittering; contact call “tsweet”.
Open woodland near water, also human habitations, including towns and cities. Forages over and... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes hymenopterans (including parasitic wasps and ants), hoverflies (Syrphidae) and other dipterans, beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (... read more
Generally Jul/Aug–Jan, but mainly Aug–Nov in SW, and opportunistically after rain in arid areas; may often be double-brooded.... read more
Migratory in SE; mostly resident or partial migrant elsewhere. Forms post-breeding flocks and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and common breeder in S Australia (few breeding records N of 20º S); locally common on Timor. Density of 0·5 birds/ha recorded... read more
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