French: Hirondelle à tête blanche German: Weißkopfschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina cabeciblanca
P. L. Sclater, 1864,
Uzinza, Tabora district, Tanzania.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. albiceps
P. L. Sclater, 1864 – extreme S South Sudan and E DRCongo, Uganda and W Kenya S to Tanzania (mainly around L Victoria and in W), N Zambia and N Malawi.
P. a. suffusa
Ripley, 1960 – N Angola (Cacolo area in Lunda Sul).
13 cm; 11–14 g. Male has distinctive white crown, forehead, side of head, chin and throat, black bar from bill through eye and ear-coverts; rest of plumage brownish-... read more
Not very vocal; has twittering call.
Savanna, woodland, scrub and forest in upland areas, including miombo woodland and montane,... read more
Food and feeding
Two stomachs contained flying ants (Hymenoptera); beetles (Coleoptera) and flies (Diptera) also recorded in diet. Feeds in small groups,... read more
Aug–Sept in Sudan, Nov–Mar in Kenya, Apr–Jun in Uganda, Apr–Mar and Nov in Rwanda, May–Oct in DRCongo, Dec... read more
Migratory in S of range. Breeding birds present in NE Zambia from Oct to early May, and in Malawi... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common in much of range; only locally common in DRCongo. Isolated Angolan race suffusa uncommon and very local, found only near... read more
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