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Swallow: Greater Striped

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Swallow: Greater Striped

Unread post by Candy's Style » Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:56 pm

Greater Striped Swallow
Hirundo Cucullata
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Habitat: Open country, especially grassy highveld, also gasslands to sea level, avoids dense woodland and forest.
Habits: Solitary or in pairs when breeding; in family groups towards end of the breeding season; in flocks of 30 or more birds after breeding, often in company with other swallows and swifts.
Flight relatively slow and leisurely with much gliding between wingbeats.
Forages over open grassveld and water (rarely on ground).
Food: Aerial arthropods; arils of Acacia cyclops seeds.
Voice: Chuckling phrase of 2-3 introductory short notes followed by gargled trill, trip trip trirrr, uttered perched or flying, with head thrown back and throat puffed out.
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Re: Swallow: Greater Striped

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:56 pm

We saw them at Augrabies last month, they were busy collecting the mud which has formed from the incredible spray from the falls.
Unfortunately we could not get a pic as they moved so fast and didn't sit still for very long at all.
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Re: Swallow: Greater Striped

Unread post by wildtuinman » Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:21 pm

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Re: Swallow: Greater Striped

Unread post by naomi c » Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:35 am

Great shot! :clap: :clap:

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