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Photo by andy wilkes
Uganda, March 2009
Hirundo angolensis


15 cm

  • Rufous-chestnut forehead
  • Steel-blue upperparts and crown
  • Black tail and wings
  • Tail not deeply forked


Western Africa: Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia


This is a monotypic species[1].

Some authors recognised two subspecies: H. a. angolensis and H. a. arcticincta[2]

Photo by Valéry Schollaert
Lukuba Island Lodge, Lake Victoria, Tanzania, September 2010


Open areas of grassland, farms, forest edges and human habitation.



Their diets consists of flies, beetles and mayflies.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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