- Cecropis striolata
19 cm (7½ in)
- Deeply forked tail
- Blue upperparts
- Reddish collar (sometimes absent)
- Streaked chestnut rump
- White face and underparts with heavy dark streaking
- Brown wings
The sexes are alike
Juveniles are duller and browner, with a paler rump and shorter outer tail feathers.
Previously included in genus Hirundo.
There are four races:
- C. s mayri: the streaks are broader than on the nominate
- C. s stanfordi: they have broad streaks
- C. s vernayi: more rufous underparts than nominate, rump has only faint streaks
- Thailand/Tenasserim border and western Thailand
- C. s striolata:
Forage in open areas, often near water and towns and particularly in hills or gorges associated with water.
Flight is slow, buoyant, and more direct than Barn Swallow, often very high above ground.
Bottle-shaped mud nests are built under eaves of houses, under bridges, and on the walls and roofs of caves. Breeding recorded in May and June.
The nest is made from mud and includes a long tunnel. The clutch consists of 4-5 white eggs; both adults build the nest, incubate the eggs and care for the young.
The diet consists of flying insects, cicadas and mosquitoes.
They feel alone or in small groups.
- 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/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Striated Swallow. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 27 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Striated_Swallow