Pearl-breasted Swallow

Hirundo dimidiata

This petite, blue-and-white swallow can be distinguished from other swallows by its lack of breast band and uniform white underparts. In the north of of its range it spends its time in broad-leaved and Brachystegia woodland, while in southern South Africa it prefers valley lowland fynbos, bushveld, and farmland.

I first recorded this species in July 2011 near Ezemvelo Nature Reserve, near Bronkhorstspruit.


Pearl-breasted Swallow / Vlaklaagte Roadside Routes, South Africa / 13 August 2016 Vlak-&-Wilge-199 Pearl-breasted Swallow / Vlaklaagte Roadside Routes, South Africa / 13 August 2016 Pearl-breasted Swallow / Vlaklaagte Roadside Routes, South Africa / 13 August 2016 Pearl-breasted Swallow / Vlaklaagte Roadside Routes, South Africa / 13 August 2016 Pearl-breasted Swallow / Vlaklaagte Roadside Routes, South Africa / 13 August 2016 Vlak-&-Wilge-035 Pearl-breasted Swallow / Vlaklaagte Roadside Routes, South Africa / 13 August 2016 Pearl-breasted Swallow / Old Verdana Spa Road, Mpumalanga, South Africa / 26 April 2014 Pearl-breasted Swallow / Vlaklaagte Roadside Routes, South Africa / 13 August 2016 Pearl-breasted Swallow / Vlaklaagte Roadside Routes, South Africa / 13 August 2016 Pearl-breasted Swallow / Vlaklaagte Roadside Routes, South Africa / 13 August 2016 (Edited – removed swallow bottom left) Pearl-breasted Swallow / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 30 November 2013 Pearl-breasted Swallow / Old Verdana Spa Road, Mpumalanga, South Africa / 26 April 2014 Pearl-breasted Swallow / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 28 June 2013 Pearl-breasted Swallow / Pilansberg National Park, South Africa Pearl-breasted Swallow / Ezemvelo Nature Reserve, South Africa Pearl-breasted Swallow / Old Verdana Spa Road, Mpumalanga, South Africa / 26 April 2014 Pearl-breasted Swallow / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 28 June 2013 Pearl-breasted Swallow / Kgomo Kgomo, South Africa / 30 November 2013
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