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Albrecht Manegold Walter Sudhaus, PhD

Class Aves Order Passeriformes Suborder Passeri (Oscines) Family Hirundinidae

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Small to medium-sized, slender, streamlined birds with pointed wings, a small bill, and perching feet; excellent fliers that catch their insect prey on the wing


Body length ranges from about 3.9 to 9.4 in (10-24 cm); weight 0.4-2.1 oz (10-60 g)

Number of genera, species

15 genera; about 88 species


Usually found in open habitats near water, along forested rivers, in wooded savanna, and near cliffs and caves close to open areas with an abundant supply of insects

Conservation status

Critically Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 4 species

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