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Pseudochelidon eurystomina


14 cm

  • Mainly black with bluish-green gloss
  • Green back
  • Red eye, with a pink eye ring
  • Broad orangey- red bill
  • Square tail

The sexes are similar
Juveniles are dull sooty brown


Western Africa: found in Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Zaire; winters in coastal Gabon




Large forested rivers with islands with sandy shores for breeding and coastal savanna.



It breeds in large colonies of up to 800 birds. The twig and leaf-lined nest is at the end of a long excavated tunnel in a sand bank. Two to four unspotted white eggs are laid.


The diet includes mainly winged ants and other insects.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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