• BirdForum is the net's largest birding community dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE!

    Register for an account to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Streak-throated Swallow - BirdForum Opus

(Redirected from Indian Cliff Swallow)
Adults
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Jhajjhar, Haryana, India, December-2012
Petrochelidon fluvicola

Hirundo fluvicola

Identification

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

Distribution

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

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

Taxonomy

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

Habitat

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

Behaviour

Action

Flight rather weak and fluttery.

Diet

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

References

  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

Recommended Citation

External Links


Top