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Red Breasted swallow in winter, or Mosque swallow???

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Cois Cois
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Red Breasted swallow in winter, or Mosque swallow???

Unread post by Cois Cois » Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:51 pm

Hello everyone!
This past week, I visited Kruger, and I saw either a red breasted swallow(which is a migrant, or do they over winter in Kruger???) or a mosque swallow... It had a whitish chin, but i have seen some red breasted swallows also with whitish chins...
There were 4 of them, and was seen in the region of Gardenia hide...
I don't have any photos unfortunately...
Thank you very much!

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Re: Red Breasted swallow in winter, or Mosque swallow???

Unread post by MattAxel » Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:27 pm

Welcome to the forum Cois Cois. They were most probably Mosque Swallows, I've never seen Red-breasted in the Kruger over winter. Besides the white chin, another good way to separate the two is to check the ear coverts. Red-breasted has blue ear coverts, whereas Mosque has pale rufous ear coverts.


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