African Plain Martin Riparia paludicola
(aka Brown-throated Sand Martin)
Plain Martin, Lake Shala, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image

January 2016

The African Plain Martin is distributed in much of Africa south of the Sahara including Madagascar with a disjunct population in India and adjacent territories, the Far East and into the Philippines. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found near rivers and lakes where it hunts over water for insects.

Plain Martin, Lake Abijatta, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image Upperparts, throat and breast are brown while the belly is white.

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