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Alternative name: Fanti Saw-wing Swallow

Photo by Steve G
Brufut Community Woodland, Western Division, The Gambia, March 2005
Psalidoprocne obscura


Length 15-17 cm
All-black; diagnostic greenish gloss in good light. The tail is longer and more deeply forked than any other saw-wing.


Africa; from Senegal and Gambia through Mali and Nigeria to extreme western Cameroon. Rare in Niger


This is a monotypic species[1].


Lowland forest and adjacent woodland and grassland; usually near water.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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