Lesser-striped Swallow (Cecropis abyssinica) - African Wildlife and Nature Photographs

Lesser-striped Swallow

Family: Hirundinidae

Genus: Cecropis

The Lesser striped Swallow (Cecropis abyssinica) is a large swallow of some 10-15 cm (4-6 in) with generally dark blue upper parts, its easily recognised over the Greater-striped Swallow by its much heavier broader breast striping, its deeper russet coloured rump and chestnut coloured head.

Normally a resident bird of Sub-Saharan Africa but tends to favour the eastern side of the continent from Ethiopia down to the north east of South Africa, where it also breeds but is also known as an intra African migrant to South Africa during the spring and summer months.

Lesser striped Swallow nests are built by both the male and female birds, these swallows are often see around human habitation, like farm barns, porches and similar structures. This is where they ‘attach’ their nests which are made from wet mud and are ‘bowl’ shaped with a circular tubed entrance which can vary somewhat in length, the nest is then lined with grass and or feathers.

The swallows food is mainly small flying insect type invertebrates, they occasionally eat fruit and seeds but most foraging is done on the ‘wing’ but the lesser-striped swallow may descend onto a tree to feed on fruit or seeds.

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