French: Hirondelle à gorge blanche German: Weißkehlschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina gorjiblanca
Cape Peninsula, South Africa
S Malawi and Zimbabwe S to S South Africa (except NW); has bred Zambia and Namibia (possibly regular); single breeding report from C Angola requires confirmation. In non-breeding season populations from South Africa migrate N & NW to Angola, Zambia and SE DRCongo, possibly Tanzania#R.
14–17 cm; 16–29 g. Has rufous-chestnut forehead, glossy steel-blue crown and upperparts; wings brownish-black; tail blue-black, deeply forked, white patch on... read more
Song is a rapid twittering; calls include a sharp “chit” and nasal and squeaking notes. read more
Grassland, open woodland, floodplains and human habitations, often near water.
Food and feeding
Diet includes flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera) and Hymenoptera. Forages alone, in pairs or in small groups, often low over the ground... read more
Generally Aug/Sept–Apr, with peak Oct–Dec; may have two or more broods. Solitary. Nest an open cup made of mud pellets, lined... read more
Mostly migratory. Forms post-breeding flocks of up to 1000 individuals. Most migrate to areas N of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common, but local; in South Africa most abundant in wet E areas and in SW Cape. Marginal in Mozambique; breeds in Chimanimani Mts on border... read more
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