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Alternative name: Congo Sand Martin

Riparia congica


11 cm

  • Light brown upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Light brown breast
  • Darker brown crown and wings
  • Dark eyeline
  • Brown legs
  • Black bill

Sexes similar


West Africa: endemic to Democratic Republic of the Congo (middle and lower Congo River and lower Ubangi River).


This is a monotypic species[1].


Rivers near forests, sandbanks



It is a colony nester. The nest chamber is at the end of a tunnel dug into a sandy river bank.


The diet includes small insects.


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Wikipedia

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