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Photo by tomjenner
Masai Mara, Kenya, December 2010
Pseudhirundo griseopyga

Hirundo griseopyga


14 cm (5½ in)

  • Dark brown crown and ear-coverts and hind-neck
  • Glossy dark blue back and wings
  • Greyish-brown rump and uppertail-coverts
  • Forked tail


Sub-Saharan Africa:
Western Africa: Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Niger, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, eSwatini


The only species in the genus Pseudhirundo.

Previously included in genus Hirundo.


There are two subspecies[1]:

  • P. g. griseopyga:
  • P. g. melbina:


They are usually seen near water in open woodland, flood plains, savanna and grassland.



The hawk low over water and open land for insects such as beetles and flies.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2015)

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