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  Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica)





Red-rumped Swallow | Cecropis daurica photo
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica) collecting mud for nest

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Red-rumped Swallow | Cecropis daurica photo
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica in Parli, Maharashtra, India

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Red-rumped Swallow | Cecropis daurica photo
Red-rumped Swallow at Ananthagiri Hills, in Rangareddy district of Andhra Pradesh, India.

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Red-rumped Swallow | Cecropis daurica photo
Red-rumped Swallow in flight

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RED-RUMPED SWALLOW FACTS

Description
The Red-rumped Swallow is dark blue above with pale brown underside. they have pale brown or chestnut brown rump and neck collar and face. the underside of the tail is black. They are similar to the Barn Swallow which is lighter blue and does not have the reddish rump and collar. They are fast fliers with broad pointed wings.

Size
16 cm

Habitat
usually found over grassland

Food
catches insects in flight

Breeding
The nest is a made of mud with a tunnel entrance lined with mud. The nest is built under cliff overhang or under buildings. The female lays 3 to 6 eggs.

Range
The Red-rumped Swallow breeds in Europe and Asia and tropical Africa. In Australia the bird is a vagrant to Christmas Island and northern Australia during the non-breeding season.

distribution map showing range of Cecropis daurica in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Hirundinidae
Genus:Cecropis
Species:daurica
Common Name:Red-rumped Swallow