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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Red-rumped Swallow

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Red-rumped Swallow

Cecropis daurica


Photography © Martin Scott
Port Nis - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
28th October, 2007


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Barn Swallow
Barn swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
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  • Red-rumped Swallow
  • Cecropis daurica - Hirundo daurica
  • UK: Scarce visitor
  • UK: 10 annual records BTO
  • WI: Very rare visitor (five or less records) TBC
  • Breeds: Open & hilly country, nests in caves, tunnels
    Resident breeder India, Africa.
    European & Asian breeding birds migrate to India & Africa
  • Diet: Flying insects (so fast swooping flight)
  • Swallow-like, pale belly. Blue upperparts. Dusky below. Rump (above tail) often pale. Pale throat. Nape has pale ring. Wings broad & pointed. Gregarious outside breeding season


Within the sub-family Hirundiniae, the name "Martin" usually refers to the squarer-tailed species, and the name "Swallow" to the more fork-tailed species. There is no scientific distinction between these Martins and Swallows. The family contains around 83 species!


Red-rumped Swallow records in the Western Isles

Very rare visitor (five or less records) TBC

The chart below shows how abundant the Red-rumped Swallow is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.
















(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)



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