Wire-tailed Swallow
Hirundo smithii
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Adult wire-tailed swallows have a glossy blue sheen and a bright chestnut cap. The immatures and juveniles are a dull steel blue with a dull brown cap and no tail wires. Note the black on the lower flanks that almost makes a band across the vent. The left upper photo was taken at Lobo (2-07), courtesy of Michael Lund Markussen. The flight photo was taken near Moshi (10-08), courtesy of Anabel Harries. The other photos were taken at Pembe Abwe, Silale swamp, Ndutu, Lake Manyara and Kafue NP (Zambia). Click the photo above to see enlargements including juveniles and immatures.
 
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All unattributed images on this website are:
copyright © 2001-16 Ron Eggert or David Peterson
All other images are the property of the indicated photographers:
Michael Lund Markussen, Jan van den Hombergh, Anabel Harries
Karine Van der Vurst, Colin Beale, Marie-France Grenouillet

Last Update this page: 5-06-16