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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Brown-throated Martin

Afrikaans name: Afrikaanse oewerswael

Brown-throated Martin

Brown-throated Martin

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Riparia paludicola

As far as Swallows and Martins go the Brown-throated Martin is one of the smaller ones found in South Africa. It is around 12 cm in length.

Male and female look the same. It is similar to the Rock Martin but it has a notch in its tail.

Brown-throated Martins are normally found near rivers, dams and lakes. They are normally seen in small flocks but occasionally they occur in flocks of a few hundred birds.

Their food consists entirely of insect caught in flight.

These Martins nest in burrows which they line with feathers and grass. They normally lay 3 eggs.

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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 82

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 68

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 153

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 53

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 146

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 467

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 461

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 300

List of South African Birds

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