|Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne
(aka Hirundo rupestris)
|Crete, Morocco, France and Spain
The Eurasian Crag Martin breeds around the Mediterranean and into central Asia and northern China. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in the mountains but seems to avoid wind and snow whenever possible. It breeds in caves and cavities on the cliff face.
|It is a rather large swallow with broad but pointed wings and only a hint of a fork in the tail. It is a dull grey-brown colour and, as can be seen in the first photo, the throat is faintly streaked. Below the dark underwing coverts contrast with the greyish white of the rest of the underwings. A notable feature, but one which is only visible when the tail is fanned out are the white spots or "windows" on the tail.|
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