South African cliff swallow

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South African cliff swallow
South African cliff swallow, Petrochelidon spilodera, at Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa (22747098474).jpg
In flight, at Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Genus: Petrochelidon
P. spilodera
Binomial name
Petrochelidon spilodera
Sundevall, 1850
  • Hirundo spilodera

The South African cliff swallow (Petrochelidon spilodera), also known as the South African swallow, is a species of bird in the family Hirundinidae native to central−western and southern Africa.

It is found in Botswana, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Nests of the South African swallow under a highway bridge
Petrochelidon spilodera - MHNT

Nests are commonly built from mud under artificial structures such as huts and bridges.[1]


  1. ^ "Hirundo spilodera (South African cliff-swallow)". Biodiversity Explorer. Retrieved 5 February 2010.

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