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Wire-tailed Swallow

(Hirundo smithii)
Alternate name(s): Race "smithii": "African Wire-tailed Swallow";
race "filifera": "Asian Wire-tailed Swallow"

Size: 14-16 cm (incl. tail streamers)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Wire-tailed Swallow at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "smithii"

ADULT

Frontal view of a Wire-tailed Swallow (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)

Lateral view of a Wire-tailed Swallow (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)

Lateral view of a Wire-tailed Swallow (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)

Food, Diet

Like all other swallows known to us, Wire-tailed Swallows are insect hunters. They feed in-flight on small insects. This species is known to hunt mostly above water.

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