Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica)
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica). Taken at Poppit Sands, Pembrokeshire, on May 7th 2014.
Taken at Poppit Sands, Pembrokeshire, on May 7th 2014.
(1/500th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Taken at Trigrad, Bulgaria, on June 23rd 2014.
(1/500th sec at f4. © David Hastings)


L: 14 - 19 cm

This species is similar to the Barn Swallow but has a pale rump. The nape has a rusty-brown band and the side of the head are pale, not blue-black. The under-tail is black. Flight is intermediate between Barn Swallow and House Martin, with lots of slow gliding on straight wings.

It is mainly found around the Mediterranean and north Africa, but is a regular vagrant to the British Isles.

It breeds on cliffs in mountainous areas, and also on steep coastal cliffs.

The Red-rumped Swallow is of Least Concern on the IUCN list.


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