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Rock Martin

(Ptyonoprogne fuligula)
Alternate name(s): "African Rock Martin", "Pale Crag Martin"
Size: 12-15 cm

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Rock Martin at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "fusciventris"(?)

ADULT

Sex unknown

Rock Martin in flight seen from straight underneath
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Rock Martin in flight looking sideways
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Frontal view of a Rock Martin in flight
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Lateral view of a Rock Martin
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Apr(?) - Sep Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: 16 - 19 days Fledging age: 22 - 30 days

Although Rock Martins usually nest on their own, small colonies are also occasionally found. The breeding season depends on factors such as geographic latitude, local climate and also altitude. In favourable conditions 2-3 broods can be raised in one season.

Nest building: Female & male Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

Type: Bowl Material: Mud with feather lining Height above ground: 3 - ? m

Rock Martin bringing in a new feather for lining its nest
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

There is the perfect spot - fits!
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

Here a different nest, where two Rock Martin chicks are being fed
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Job done! Rock Martin taking off to catch more insects
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Eggs

Size: 21 x 14 mm Colour: Buff-white with grey-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Food, Diet

Like all other swallows known to us, Rock Martins are insect hunters. They feed in-flight on small insects.

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