Asian House-Martin

Delichon dasypus dasypus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Swallows (Hirundinidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

DELDAS

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Asian House Martin has a large breeding range that exceeds 3 million square kilometers. This common swallow breeds in Japan, the Korean peninsula, southeastern Russia, Mongolia, and China. It mostly winters in southern Asia south to Indonesia. It catches small insects during flight over a wide variety of urban, forested, and open habitats. Although the size of the population is unknown, it is believed to consist of at least 100,000 individuals and is increasing. At the current time this bird species is not expected to face serious declines and has therefore been given a rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Asian House Martin: Small swallow with steely black-blue upperparts, white throat, and pale gray underparts. Prominent white rump with indistinct gray marks. Long wings with black-gray underwings. Slightly forked tail. Sexes similar. Juvenile like adult but duskier, some white edging to feathers in wing.


Range and Habitat

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Asian House-Martin SONGS AND CALLS

Asian House-Martin I1

Calls from a colony.

Asian House-Martin E2

Calls given in flight.

Similar Sounding

Barn Swallow A1

"Chi-deep" alarm calls given near nest.


Voice Text

"chee-up"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Both males and females build nests, which are made of mud pellets mixed with grass and lined with feathers.
  • The Asian House-Martin was first described by the French naturalist and ornithologist Charles Lucien Bonaparte in 1850.
  • These birds typically moves to lower altitudes with open or hilly country during the winter.
  • A group of martins is collectively known as a "circlage", a "flight", a "gulp", a "richness", and a "swoop" of martins.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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