Asian House-Martin

Delichon dasypus dasypus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Swallows (Hirundinidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

DELDAS

ITIS

0

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

3 - 4



Incubation Days:

14 - 16



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

Nests are typically built under an overhang on a cliff.



Nest Material:

Mud



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Asian House Martin: Small swallow with dark, steely blue upperparts, white rump with indistinct gray marks, and pale gray underparts with white throat. Black-gray underwings. Slightly forked, blue-black tail. Black bill, and white feathered legs and feet. Forages for small insects by catching them in the air with fast, swooping flight.

Breeding and Nesting

Asian House Martin: Three or four plain white eggs are laid in a deep, cone-shaped nest made of mud. The nest is built under an overhang on a cliff, or occasionally on temple walls and other structures, and is lined with feathers or grass. Incubation ranges from 14 to 16 days and is carried out by both sexes.

Foraging and Feeding

Asian House Martin: Feeds on small flies, aphids, and a wide variety of small winged insects. Most are taken in flight high above the ground, although there are indications that they also occasionally take small insects from the ground itself

Vocalization

Asian House-Martin: Call is a shrill, metallic "chee-up." Song is soft twittering.

Similar Species

Asian House-Martin: Barn Swallow has a rust-orange forehead and throat. White-breasted Woodswallow has a much larger bill and an all-blue head.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X