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Angola Swallow | Hirundo angolensis

The Angola Swallow is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Hirundinidae bird family group which includes birds such as Hirundinidae.

The description for the Angola Swallow (Latin name Hirundo angolensis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Hirundo angolensis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 519 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 749. You will find a picture of the Angola Swallow on page 816.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Angola Swallow between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Angola Swallow has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 18 gms. The head is coloured chestnut while the bill is coloured black. The Hirundo angolensis has a red, brown coloured throat, brown legs and a chestnut coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is chestnut

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are brown

Throat is red, brown

Back is chestnut

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Angola Swallow is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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