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Rufous-chested Swallow - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by nkgray
Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Alternative name: Red-breasted Swallow

Cecropis semirufa

Hirundo semirufa


24cm. Blue upperparts, reddish collar, rump, face and underparts, white underwings with dark flight feathers, forked tail, and slightly longer in the male. Juveniles are duller and browner.


Photo © by whiteheadedvulture
Manso Nkwanta, Ashanti, Ghana, 27 December, 2022



Previously included in genus Hirundo


There are 2 subspecies[1]

  • C. s. gordoni:
  • C. s. semirufa:


Dry open country.



It builds a closed mud nest with a tubular entrance in a cavity or under bridges and similar structures. 3 eggs are usually laid.


The diet includes insects which are caught on the wing.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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