Species Details

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Asian Plain Martin Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Riparia chinensis
Family : Hirundinidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Rivers
Description : Asian plain martin is a small bird with grey-brown upperpart and pale whitish underpart.Their chin,throat and breast are grey-brown and tail is square or slightly forked.Their bill and legs are dark. It measures approximately 12-13 cm in length and weighs around 12-18 grams.
It is found in open habitats, including sandbanks, riverbanks, and quarries. It is commonly found in central and eastern Asia.
It feeds primarily on insects, which it catches while in flight. This species is known for its nesting behavior, with colonies of birds excavating tunnels in sandbanks or earth walls. It is also a highly migratory species, with populations wintering in Southeast Asia and Australia. The Sand Martin breeds in colonies, with each pair excavating a tunnel up to one meter long in a sandbank or earth wall. The female lays 4-5 eggs, which are incubated by both parents for around 14-16 days.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Shahtaj Islam Sakaal,Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka;information source:www.ebird.org, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:Syed Abbas (Birdwing,Bangladesh);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:vir joshi(www.xeno-canto.org/vir joshi), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.