Alternative name: South African Cliff Swallow
- Petrochelidon spilodera
They can be distinguished in flight from other metallic-blue swallows by their square (rather than forked) tail.
Previously included in genus Hirundo.
Petrochelidon spilodera is monotypic.
Grassland and savanna.
Forage aerially over grasslands for arthropods; may feed on the ground at rich food sources (termites or locust hoppers).
Gregarious; breeds in colonies on bridges, buildings and cliffs.