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Red‑rumped Swallow Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Cecropis daurica
Family : Hirundinidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Villages
Description : The adult male has a glossy blue-black head, neck, and upperparts, with a distinctive red rump and a deeply forked tail.
The female has a less prominent red rump and is slightly duller in coloration.
Both males and females have a white underbelly and a long, pointed bill.
Adult red-rumped swallows measure around 13-15 cm (5-6 inches) in length.
They typically weigh between 16-28 grams.
Red-rumped swallows are native to southern Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa.
They prefer open habitats such as farmland, grassland, and steppe, often near water.
These swallows are highly social and are known to form large flocks during the non-breeding season.
They are skilled aerial acrobats and are often seen swooping and darting after flying insects.
Red-rumped swallows build mud nests, which they attach to vertical surfaces such as cliffs, buildings, and bridges.
The diet of red-rumped swallows consists primarily of flying insects such as flies, mosquitoes, and moths.
They typically forage for food in mid-air, catching insects on the wing.
Red-rumped swallows breed in loose colonies, with pairs often building their nests close together.
The breeding season typically occurs from April to August.
Females lay a clutch of 3-5 eggs, which hatch after around 15-16 days of incubation.
Both parents participate in feeding the chicks, which fledge after around 18-21 days.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Shahtaj Islam Sakaal,Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: Nik Borrow(www.inaturalist.org/people/Nik Borrow),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;more information, please contact us.