Rock Martin

Ptyonoprogne fuligula

Rock Martin, Ptyonoprogne fuligula, photo © by Michael Plagens

A fledgling near Mweiga, Nyeri County, Kenya. Dec. 2015.

Swallows feed by capturing small insects on the wing as they swoop over pastures and ponds, places where insects abound.

From Wikipedia: A resident bird in central and southern Africa. It breeds mainly in the mountains, but also at lower altitudes, especially in rocky areas and around towns, and, unlike most swallows, it is often found far from water. It is 12–15 cm long, with mainly brown plumage, paler-toned on the upper breast and underwing coverts, and with white "windows" on the spread tail in flight. The sexes are similar in appearance, but juveniles have pale fringes to the upperparts and flight feathers.

Hirunidae -- Swallow Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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