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Photo by CollinBax
Floamingo Vlie, Cape Town, South Africa, April 2007

Alternative name: Brown-throated Martin

Riparia paludicola


Small hirundine with character and behaviour of Sand Martin, but rather more compact form. Both upperparts and underparts duller than Sand Martin, contrasting less and no chest-band. Sexes similar, no seasonal variation. The color of the underpart vary geographically, varying from white to brownish.


Large range in tropical Africa.


Seven subspecies accepted:

Grey-throated Martin was formerly included in this species.



Breeds in winter (November-December). Nest in excavated tunnel in river or gorge bank. 2-6 white eggs. Male and female incubate both during 12 days. In Morocco extended range espcially when water is abudant.

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