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Swallow ?

Swallow ?
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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Soligor UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger a palette of Eden, they say.
Date Submitted: 2008-07-02 13:54
Viewed: 3845
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think this is the Black Saw - Wing. I hope some one can confirm this.
Thank you in advance

Ref. Wikipedia
The Black Rough-winged Swallow or Black Saw-wing (Swallow), (Psalidoprocne pristoptera) is a small passerine bird in the swallow family.

The Black Rough-winged Swallow breeds in open wooded habitats, and has a preference for wetter areas, although some races occur in mountain grassland habitat. It breeds across Africa from eastern Nigeria and Ethiopia south to Angola, northern Zimbabwe and northern Mozambique. The subspecies P. p. holomelaena breeds down south-eastern Africa from southern Mozamique to the Cape in South Africa.

This species is mainly resident, apart from seasonal local or altitudinal movements, but P. p. holomelaena is migratory, spending the southern winter north of the breeding range. The nominate race P. p. pristoptera of the mountains of northern Ethiopia moves south after breeding.

The nest is constructed form grass, moss or similar materials, and built in a 30-60 cm long burrow in a vertical sand or clay bank. This is usually an old burrow of another species like a kingfisher, but may be excavated by the breeding pair. The clutch is two, sometimes three, white eggs. Only one parent, probably the female, incubates for 14-19 days to hatching, with a further 24-27 days until the young fledge.

Black Rough-winged Swallow is a small swallow at 13-15 cm length with a forked tail. Its plumage is blue-glossed black. Sexes are similar, but the female has shorter outer tail feathers, and less obvious wing serrations. Juveniles are brown with little gloss, and have short tails.

There are many subspecies of this swallow, which some authorities may split into different species. In particular, four northeasten races, including nominate P. p. pristoptera, have conspicuous white underwing coverts (all other subspecies are green-glossed and have completely dark underwings), and may be split as the Eastern Rough-winged Swallow or Eastern Saw-wing (Swallow), P.orientalis. This leaves P. p. holomelaena as the Black Rough-winged Swallow, P. holomelaena. Other subspecies are also sometimes elevated to species status, but Turner and Rose take the view that all the races of the Black Rough-winged Swallow are, at best, incipient species.

Black Rough-winged Swallows are usually seen in pairs or small groups hunting for flying insects in woodland clearings and edges, above forest, or over water. Their flight is weak and fluttering.

This is a quiet species, but it gives a soft chrrp alarm call. There is also a contact call described for as chirr chirr cheeeu for P. p. holomelaena and tseeu tseu tsss-ip for orientalis.

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  • martic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 179 W: 1 N: 159] (1327)
  • [2008-07-02 14:25]

Hello vivian
Beautiful image with amazing details and colors superb composition well framed
very well done
TFS and regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-02 17:30]

Hola Vivian.
Me agrada esta fina foto de este pequeño pajarillo, que al parecer es todavia muy joven aun. Sus colores son hermosos y la foto tiene gran calidad en cuanto a nitidez y presentacion.
Saludos Viv.

hello Vivian,

I don't know what specie this are but the picture are very sharp and with good pov.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-09 16:22]

Hello Vivian, well done on that sharp shot, the exposure is very good and the background is beautiful, thanks!


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-08-13 10:01]

Hi Viv,

A nice capture,although I dont think this is a swallow,it looks more like a kind of shrike (juvenile) to me


Not a Swallow. This is an immature Dicrurus sp.

Hello Viv,
Ik denk dat Paul gelijk heeft...geen zwaluw maar een Shrike.
Nederlandse naam ken ik niet.
Het zit zeker goed met de zwarte partijen en de focus.

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