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Photo © by Alok Tewari
Jhajjhar, Haryana, India, December-2012
Petrochelidon fluvicola

Hirundo fluvicola


11–12 cm (4¼-4¾ in)

  • Chestnut forehead, crown and nape, with faint dark streaks
  • In front, streaks are limited to chin, throat and breast
  • Shallow fork to broad tail
  • Glossy blue back with whitish streaks
  • Off white front ( belly, vent and under-tail coverts )
  • Pale brown rump


Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, June-2017

Asia: found from north-eastern Afghanistan to northern Pakistan and peninsula India.


This is a monotypic species[1], which was previously included in genus Hirundo.


Cultivated and open country near water, reservoirs, wilderness close to wetlands; towns and villages.



Flight rather weak and fluttery.


Their diet consists almost entirely of flies. They hawk in flocks, sometimes with other hirundines.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Birds of the Indian Subcontinent, Second Edition : Richard Grimmett et al

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