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Mascarene Martin - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Zep
Grand Bassin, Mauritius Island, 5 July 2006
Phedina borbonica


15 cm (6 in)

  • Greyish-brown crown and upperparts, with fine dark streaks
  • Dark brown wings and tail
  • Pale edges to tertials
  • Tail only has a shallow fork


[[Image:Swallow1a1.jpg|thumb|350px|right|Photo © by ammadoux
Near Chamarel, [[Mauritius Island], 27 June 2019]] Eastern Africa: found in Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi
African Islands: Madagascar, Mauritius Island, Reunion Island



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • P. b. borbonica:
  • P. b. madagascariensis:


They like fairly open habitat and feed over reservoirs, woodland and thickets.



Their diet consists mostly of beetles, wasps, bees, and ants.


Their nest is an open cup constructed from twigs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2019)

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