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Skull2 t.png The species White-eyed River Martin is possibly extinct.
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Pseudochelidon sirintarae
Extinct species
Photo by Chlidonias
Location: Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand


18cm. Glossy blue-black head, green-black back and underparts, matt black chin and lores, narrow white rump, browner wings long uppertail and undertail coverts, almost cloaking most tail feathers, two elongated slender central tail feathers with long narrow racquets at the tips, white eye and eyelids, broad, bright green-yellow bill, flesh coloured feet and legs. Sexes are similar. Juvenile has browner head and underparts, paler throat and no tail-streamers. Looks "front heavy" in flight, due to the large head and short tail, with long, broad based wings. Flight "bouyant and almost "tern-like". Appears almost "effortless" compared to other Swallows.


Only known from Bung Boraphet, Thailand.


Unknown but probably monotypic.


Roosts in reedbeds during winter.


The diet includes insects caught in flight.

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