White-throated Swallow

White-throated Swallow (Hirundo albigularis)

Common to South Africa which has benefited from the increased nesting opportunities presented by the construction of bridges and dams.

The swallow breeds in southern Africa from Angola and Zambia southwards to the Cape in South Africa. Winters in Angola, Zambia and southern Zaire. This is a bird of open country and grassland, with a preference for highlands and nearby water. It is often found around man-made structures.

It builds a bowl-shaped mud nest with a soft lining of grass or hair. Usually near or over water.  The nest is often reused for next years brood.

The three eggs of a clutch are white with brown and blue blotches, and are hatched by the female alone for 15–16 days. Both parents then feed the chicks. Fledging takes another 20–21 days

The young can swim a short distance to safety if they fall from the nest into water, now that could be a photo op.

It feeds mainly on flying insects, which it pursues with a fast twisting flight


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59 thoughts on “White-throated Swallow

  1. My favorite is the fourth one with his little mouth open. The Swallow also has stunning colors. The blue is beautiful.

  2. Beautiful colors. You know, since you had a bunch of bird shots, I have been noticing the differences in the birds in my neighborhood. I’ve always noticed certain varieties, but more recently, I’ve observed new ones I hadn’t seen earlier…you’re giving me a keener eye. πŸ™‚

  3. How close were you ??? – it’s like they were right beside you – magical photos … that last photo of the two hungry “small” with the open beak – priceless, Rob .. stunning colors, I have always liked brown in combination with blue .. and this shows I have been right all the time.

    • They weren’t more than 3 metres away.. hung out of the bird hide and they seemed quite happy to let me do my thing… thanks Viveka.. I like that colour combo as well, it doesn’t stand out so much in life as it does on the photos…

      • You done a fantastic job .. here .. and I suppose they felt comfortable with having you close by – fantastic beautiful bird and bigger than our swallows.

  4. WOW! I was going down slowly on the page and there was one bird then two bird and in the same composition so I expected to find three and four too πŸ™‚ They are amazing birds and you captured them so beautifully. Fascinated me. Thank you dear Rob, love, nia

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