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19 cm. Deeply forked tail, blue upperparts, reddish collar (sometimes absent), streaked chestnut rump, white face and underparts with heavy dark streaking, brown wings. The sexes are alike but juveniles are duller and browner, with a paler rump and shorter outer tail feathers.
Previously included in genus Hirundo.
Open areas, often near water and towns and particularly in hills or gorges associated with water.
The nest is bottle shaped, made from mud pellets and lined with dried grasses and feathers. 4-5 white eggs are laid. Both sexes build the nest, and share incubation and the care of the young.
Nests are constructed in natural caves, but very often in artificial sites on bridges, in culverts and on buildings.
The diet includes flying insects.
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