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Photo by G.T,3
Masai Mara, Kenya, February 2015
Psalidoprocne albiceps


13 cm
A stocky, dark rather short-tailed Swallow.
Males have white heads with a dark eyeline whilst females are mainly sooty on the head feathering but with white feathering showing through on the crown.
Juveniles are a uniform sooty colour.


Western Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi South Sudan and Kenya to Angola and Malawi.



There are two subspecies[1]:

  • P. a. albiceps:
  • P. a. suffusa:


This species is found primarily in forest/forest edge including riparian woodland extending into wooded highland grasslands.



Their diet consists of flying ants, beetles and flies.


It nests in sand/soil banks.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2015)

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