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Pale Crag Martin

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Photo © by ammadouxJeddah, Saudi Arabia, August 2018
Photo © by ammadoux
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, August 2018

Pale Rock Martin

Ptyonoprogne obsoleta

Hirundo obsoleta


[edit] Identification

JuvenilePhoto © by ghaffarKookherd, Hormozgan, Iran, April 2015
Photo © by ghaffar
Kookherd, Hormozgan, Iran, April 2015

12·5–14 cm (5-5½ in)

  • Light brownish-grey upperparts
  • Creamy-white throat

[edit] Distribution

Africa, Middle East, Asia
Northern Africa: found in Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt
Western Africa: Mauritania, Niger, Chad
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia
Middle East: Turkey, Israel, Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Iraq, Iran
Asia: Afghanistan, Pakistan

[edit] Taxonomy

Previously in genus Hirundo.
Sometimes included in Rock Martin.

[edit] Subspecies

Photo © by Mike BarthRas al Khaimah, UAE, January 2011
Photo © by Mike Barth
Ras al Khaimah, UAE, January 2011

There are 8 subspecies[1]:

  • P. f. presaharica:
  • P. f. spatzi:
  • South Algeria, south-western Libya and northern Chad
  • P. f. buchanani:
  • South-central Sahara (Aïr Massif of northern Niger)
  • P. f. obsoleta:
  • P. f. perpallida :
  • P. f. pallida:
  • P. f. arabica:
  • P. f. pusilla:

[edit] Habitat

Common breeding resident of mountains, foothills and high-rise buildings near Gulf coast.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists almost entirely of flying insects, such as beetles, bees, wasps, ants, bugs and flies.

[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 Aug 2018)

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