French: Hirondelle à dos blanc German: Weißrückenschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina dorsiblanca
Naomi River, New South Wales, Australia
W, C, S & E Australia.
15 cm; 12–16 g. Pied coloration distinctive. Has forehead, outer crown, mantle, chin, throat, upper breast and underwing-coverts white; centre of crown and band... read more
Song is a twittering; also a harsh “check” uttered in flight.
Open country, usually near water, such as rivers with sandy banks.
Food and feeding
Diet includes beetles (Coleoptera), mirid bugs (Hemiptera), nematoceran flies, Lepidoptera, hymenopterans (including ants and... read more
Jul/Aug–Dec, after rains in arid regions; single-brooded. Solitary, or in groups of up to 80 pairs. Excavates own burrow in sandy... read more
Generally resident; some post-breeding movements, e.g. deserts breeding sites in S Murray-Darling... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common, depending on presence of breeding sites. Has extended its range over the last century to coast of SE Queensland and New South Wales... read more
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