Psalidoprocne albiceps (White-headed saw-wing) 

Witkopsaagvlerkswael, Witkop-saagvlerkswael [Afrikaans]; Witkopkamzwaluw [Dutch]; Hirondelle à tête blanche [French]; Weißkopf-sägeflügelschwalbe [German]; Andorinha-de-cabeça-branca [Portuguese]

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Psalidoprocne albiceps (White-headed saw-wing)   

White-headed saw-wing, Arabuko-Sokoke forest, Kenya. [photo Steve Garvie ©]


Distribution and habitat

Vagrant to southern Africa, with 2 records from Zimbabwe and on from eastern Limpopo Province, South Africa. Its normal distribution is from the extreme south of Sudan through Uganda, Tanzania and eastern DRC to northern Zambia and Malawi. In the two latter countries it usually occurs in clearings within miombo (Brachystegia) woodland, especially near riparian or montane forest.


  • 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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