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Nepal House Martin - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Nepal Martin

Photo by Biju.P.B
Namling, Bhutan, April 2016
Delichon nipalense


12 cm (4¾ in)

  • Shiny blue crown and back
  • White rump and underparts,
  • White uppertail-coverts, with dark bands
  • Black throat and undertail coverts
  • Square tail

Young birds are duller, with buff underparts and the throat is less black.


Asia, Himalayas, Nepal and Myanmar.



  • D. n. nipalense:
  • D. n. cuttingi:
  • North East Myanmar to southern China (south-western Yunnan), northern Thailand, northern Laos, western Tonkin


They are to be found around villages, valleys, open areas with cliffs and mountains up to 3500 m.



They feed on flying insects, maybe in mixed flocks with swallows and swifts.


They nest in colonies. Nests are a deep mud bowl lined with grasses or feathers. They are constructed under an overhang on a vertical cliff. The clutch consists of 3-4 white eggs. Both sexes build the nest, incubate the eggs and feed the chicks. There may be a second brood.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)

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