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Martin, brown-throated

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:13 pm

The Brown-throated Martin, Riparia paludicola, is small (12 cm) and a partially migratory species, with some populations making seasonal movements. It has a wide range in southern Africa.

This martin is colonial in its nesting habits, with many pairs breeding close together. The nests are at the end of tunnels of 30 to 60 cm in length, bored in sandbanks.

If forages aerially closely over vegetation, over water and often over arid land far from water. Infrequently it picks up food from the ground. Roosts communally at night perched in reed stands. They are often seen in the company of other swallows, swifts and martins.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Thu Jul 15, 2010 4:38 am

Are these brownthroated martins? Seen along the Orange River in Upington in March 2010.

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Not a great photo, I know, and its very cropped, but they were high above and moving very fast, so quite some challenge to get anything! :roll:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DotDan » Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:05 am

Hi Arks, yes I would say that ID is correct... Always a pain to try and photograph martins or swallows when flying...

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Thu Jul 15, 2010 2:23 pm

Thanks for confirming, DD. Most of my attempts at martins/swallows in flight are blurs :roll: But these are a new tick for me :dance:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Rookie » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:55 pm

Is this a Brown-throated Martin, seen at one of the wetlands in Cape Town today.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Ladybirder » Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:59 am

Yes, its a Brown-throated Martin

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Re: Martin, brown-throated

Unread postby granjan » Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:28 pm

I spent quite a lot of time watching these little birds at Strandfontein and did an awful lot of deleting afterwards.

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