French: Hirondelle à bavette German: Medaillonschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina negrita
Other common names:
White-throated Blue Swallow
G. R. Gray
no locality = River Niger, West Africa
Sierra Leone, SE Guinea, Liberia, and S parts of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria, E to SW Central African Republic and DRCongo (except NE & SE) and S to N Angola (S to Cuanza Norte, Malanje and Lunda Sul); possibly also extreme W Uganda (R Semliki).
12 cm; 15–22 g. Plumage is mostly glossy steel-blue with purple sheen, white patch on throat; wings black with purple gloss; tail almost square, black with blue gloss,... read more
Song is a weak twittering; calls include a “weetch”, a “vwhit vwhit” and a... read more
Rivers and streams in rainforest; also mangroves, harbours, land spits and lagoons.
Food and feeding
Diet includes dipterans, especially horseflies (Tabanidae), also beetles (Coleoptera), Odonata, termites (Isoptera), Hymenoptera. Forages... read more
Mainly in dry season, when river levels low: Mar in Sierra Leone, Oct–Mar in Liberia, Jan and Jun in Ghana, Jan–Feb and Aug in... read more
Resident; possibly some local movements. Apparently present in Sierra Leone only Dec–Jul.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Recorded density 1–2 nests/km of river. Recently recorded on Ugandan side of R Semliki, but not known if breeding there. Only... read more
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