Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Alternative names: Collared Sand Martin; Bank Swallow
Length 12-13 cm
 Similar Species
Northern House Martin has a white rump and lacks the brown breast band; Barn Swallow has much longer tail streamers, a black breast and red throat. The Eurasian Crag Martin is larger and flies more slowly.
Five to six subspecies are recognized:
are widely recognized - taczanowskii only by some authorities. Pale Sand Martin has been split from the present species.
Riverbanks, lakesides and sandpit, often seen in numbers hunting insects in low flight over lakes and rivers. Prior to and during migration they roost communally in large reedbeds
The diet includes insects, such as flies and spiders that are caught in flight.
Breeds colonially in vertical sandy or earth banks, e.g. in gravel-pits and river banks, where nest is excavated (often a good metre horizontally into the earth).
The nest burrow is built by both parents; the chamber being lined with plant material and feathers. The eggs are white, and shiny. Incubation and care of the young is carried out by both parents.
Listen in an external program
 External Links