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Greater Striped Swallow - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Mybs
Paarl Sewage Works, South Africa, January 2006
Cecropis cucullata

Hirundo cucullata


18–20 cm
Chestnut cap, pale chestnut rump and lightly streaked underparts that appear almost white in flight.

Similar Species

Differs from Lesser Striped-Swallow that has heavier streaked underparts and orange cap extending over the ear coverts.


Photo by nkgray
Karoo National Park, Beaufort West, Western Cape, South Africa, October 2005

Africa south of the equator. Near endemic to Southern Africa and specifically South Africa.


Previously included in genus Hirundo.

This is a monotypic species[1].


Small flocks over open terrain, montaine grassland, near culverts and human habitation; Grassland and vleis, Semi-desert shrubland.


In pairs when breeding; otherwise small flocks. Flies with much gliding and perches frequently on trees and wires.


Their diet consists mostly of flying ants; with some seeds also eaten.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2014)
  3. Wikipedia

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