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Ethiopian Swallow - BirdForum Opus

Photo by mohamed ismael
Khartoum, Sudan
Hirundo aethiopica


13 cm (5 in)

  • Reddish forehead
  • Dark blue crown and upperparts
  • Black wings
  • Bluish-black deeply forked tail


Western Africa: Senegambia. Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Central African Republic and Equatorial Guinea
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • H. a. aethiopica:
  • H. a. amadoni:


Open areas near woodland, forest clearings and settlements. Also in coastal areas.



Their diet consists of flies, bees, flying ants, termites and cicadas.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2015)
  4. Wikipedia

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