Northern House Martin Delichon urbicum
(aka European Martin, Common House-Martin, House Martin, Delichon urbica)
The Northern House Martin breeds throughout most of Europe and the Mediterranean coast of north Africa as well as across central and northern Asia.
They migrate to Africa in the winter but are one of the later migrants to leave (around October) and one of the earliest to return (around April). See the distribution map at Birdlife International.
|Their nest is a half cup of
mud pellets, feathers and other light material built against a
vertical surface and with an overhang to shelter the nest. In
nature this is built on cliffs but they are normally seen on
buildings usually under the eaves of the roof and often with
several nests built alongside each other.
They hunt for insects in the air.
|They have a pure white rump
which contrasts with the black upperparts and dark metallic blue
crown and mantle. Underparts are white and the black tail is
short and slightly forked.
There is more information available via Avibase.There are a variety of calls based on a dry twitter "prrit" and the song is a series of chirps.
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