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Grey-throated Martin - BirdForum Opus

Breeding pair in typical habitat
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Distt. Gurgaon, Haryana, India, November-2018


12 cm (4¾ in)

  • Uniform pale grey-brown throat and breast
  • Whitish belly, no breast band
  • Dark grey-brown above
  • Paler rump
  • Blackish wings and tail
  • Tail looks square or slightly forked

Sexes similar.

Similar species

Photo © by Alok Tewari
Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary, Jhajjar, Haryana, India, August 2015

Very similar to Plain Martin and Sand Martin but note pale grey-brown throat and breast.


From Afghanistan east to the northern Indian Subcontinent, Burma, southeast Asia and the Philippines.
Common in most parts of its range.


Formerly included in Plain Martin.


Two subspecies recognized[1]:


Found around lakes and streams.



Their main diet consists of insects with the addition of fruit and nectar.


Recording © by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India. 20 November 2018.
A group working on a freshly excavated sandy clay embankment and calling.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)

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