Hirundo angolensis (Angola swallow) 

Angolaswael [Afrikaans]; Sisampamema (generic term for swallows, martins, swifts and spinetails) [Kwangali]; Angolese zwaluw [Dutch]; Hirondelle de l'Angola [French]; Angolaschwalbe [German]; Andorinha de Angola [Portuguese]

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Hirundo angolensis (Angola swallow)   

Angola swallow, Uganda. [photo John Geddes ]


Distribution and habitat

Rare vagrant to Namibia, with 1 record from Caprivi Strip, two more further west along the Angolan border and finally one in the central region. It has two separate populations in central Africa - one occurs from Gabon to eastern Angola and the other, larger population occupies parts of southern DRC, Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania. It generally favours grassland, plains, cultivated fields, swamp, forest edges and water bodies; all records from southern Africa where recorded near large rivers.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 


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