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Asian House Martin - BirdForum Opus

Photo by BIJ in Chihua shan,Shaanxi province China

Alternative name: Asian Martin

Delichon dasypus


12 cm

  • Dark steely blue upperparts
  • White rump and underparts
  • Grey throat
  • Greyish-brown underwings

Juveniles are duller with grey underparts.


Asia: Russia, Siberia, Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Himalayas, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Korea, Japan, Taiwan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Singapore, Philippines, Island of Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java, Bali



It has two subspecies:

  • D. d. dasypus:
  • D. d. cashmiriense:
  • D. d. nigrimentale





A colonial breeder, nests are sited under an overhang on a vertical cliff. They often use large buildings and bridges. Both sexes build the nest which is a deep mud cone lined with feathers or grass. Three or four white eggs are laid; both sexes incubate the eggs and feed the chicks.


The diet includes insects taken in flight.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia]

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