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Mascarene Martin

From Opus

Photo © by Zep Grand Bassin, Mauritius Island, 5 July 2006
Photo © by Zep
Grand Bassin, Mauritius Island, 5 July 2006
Phedina borbonica


[edit] Identification

15 cm (6 in)

  • Greyish-brown crown and upperparts, with fine dark streaks
  • Dark brown wings and tail
  • Pale edges to tertials
  • Tail only has a shallow fork

[edit] Distribution

[[Image:Swallow1a1.jpg|thumb|350px|right|Photo © by ammadoux
Near Chamarel, [[Mauritius Island], 27 June 2019]] Eastern Africa: found in Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi
African Islands: Madagascar, Mauritius Island, Reunion Island

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • P. b. borbonica:
  • P. b. madagascariensis:

[edit] Habitat

They like fairly open habitat and feed over reservoirs, woodland and thickets.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of beetles, wasps, bees, and ants.

[edit] Breeding

Their nest is an open cup constructed from twigs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2019)

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