(534) 15 cm; 26 g
Larger size and conspicuous white eyebrow distinguish it from Sand
Martin. In flight has white (not dark) underwing coverts and rounded
or square (not forked) tail. Separated from juv White-throated
Swallow by brown (not blue-tinged) upperparts and lack of white
panels in tail.
rufous-buff on upper wing coverts.
common br intra African migrant; most winter in south Equatorial
belt. Present Aug-Apr/May except for overwintering birds in N
Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and N KwaZulu-Natal. Usually found
singly, in pairs or small groups.
marshes, shrublands and pastures. In br season found near
streams with vertical banks.
ch-wirree-wirr... notes in flight.
and usually solitary. Tunnel excavated in bank or erosion gulley.
Occasionally parasitised by Greater Honeyguide.