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  Banded Martin

 

Riparia cincta

(534) 15 cm; 26 g

SEXES  Alike. 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.

JUV  Scaled rufous-buff on upper wing coverts.

STATUS  Fairly 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.

HABITAT  Grassland, marshes, shrublands and pastures. In br season found near streams with vertical banks.

FOOD  Aerial insects.

CALL  Chattering ch-wirree-wirr... notes in flight.

BR  Monogamous and usually solitary. Tunnel excavated in bank or erosion gulley. Occasionally parasitised by Greater Honeyguide.

 

 

Mtb001

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4 L

 

 

Mtb002

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4 L

 

 

Mtb003

Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4 L

 

 

 

 

 

 

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