Skip to Content

Swallow: Greater Striped

Identify and index birds in Southern Africa
User avatar
Candy's Style
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 322
Joined: Fri Apr 27, 2007 9:40 pm
Location: In the Place Of Gold...

Swallow: Greater Striped

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

Greater Striped Swallow
Hirundo Cucullata
Larger Pic
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.
Larger Pic

Edited: Pictures and info
In Kruger :P

User avatar
Posts: 11501
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:31 pm
Location: Ballito, KZN North Coast, South Africa

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.

User avatar
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 4736
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Location: Chasing down the rarities

Re: Swallow: Greater Striped

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

Latest Lifer(s): Burchell's Courser, Cory's Shearwater, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, European Storm-Petrel, Great Winged Petrel, Grey Waxbill, Cape Rock-jumper

Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinman

naomi c
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
Posts: 2267
Joined: Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:55 am
Location: Centurion

Re: Swallow: Greater Striped

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

Great shot! :clap: :clap:

Return to “Birding in Southern Africa”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

Webcam Highlights

Submitted by Anonymous at 06:14:26
Submitted by ao4 at 19:22:40
Submitted by vacation at 08:51:29
Submitted by zootenval at 11:33:46