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Rock Martin or Pale Crag-Martin

Ptyonoprogne [fuligula or obsoleta] (= Ptyonoprogne fuligula) (Lichtenstein, MHC 1842)

The rock martin is a small passerine bird in the swallow family that is resident in central and southern Africa. It breeds mainly in the mountains, but also at lower altitudes, especially in rocky areas and around towns, and, unlike most swallows, it is often found far from water. It is 12–15 cm (4.7–5.9 in) long, with mainly brown plumage, paler-toned on the upper breast and underwing coverts, and with white "windows" on the spread tail in flight. The sexes are similar in appearance, but juveniles have pale fringes to the upperparts and flight feathers. The former northern subspecies are smaller, paler, and whiter-throated than southern African forms, and are now usually split as a separate species, the pale crag martin. The rock martin hunts along cliff faces for flying insects using a slow flight with much gliding. Its call is a soft twitter. Source: Wikipedia




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Classification
Order:
  Passeriformes
Family:
  Hirundinidae
Genus:
   Ptyonoprogne
Scientific:
  Ptyonoprogne fuligula


Original description

Citation:
  (Lichtenstein, MHC 1842)

Reference:
   Verz. Samml. Säugeth. Vög. Kaffernlande

Protonym:
  Hirundo fuligula

Link:
  https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/29119840


Avibase identifiers

Avibase ID:
  47DA0258B3B78029

Avibase ID:
  avibase-47DA0258

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/47DA0258


Taxonomic Serial Number:
  TSN: 916669

Geographic range:

  • Ptyonoprogne obsoleta obsoleta: Egypt to Arabia and Iran
  • Ptyonoprogne obsoleta buchanani: S-c Sahara (Aïr Massif of n Niger)
  • Ptyonoprogne obsoleta perpallida: S Iraq and ne Saudi Arabia
  • Ptyonoprogne obsoleta presaharica: S Morocco, Algeria (except s) and n Mauritania
  • Ptyonoprogne obsoleta spatzi: S Algeria, sw Libya and n Chad
  • Ptyonoprogne obsoleta pallida: E Iran, s Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Ptyonoprogne obsoleta arabica: NE Chad, n Sudan, sw Arabia, Eritrea, n Somalia and Socotra I.
  • Ptyonoprogne fuligula fuligula: S Namibia, Botswana and w South Africa
  • Ptyonoprogne fuligula anderssoni: N and sw Angola and n and c Namibia
  • Ptyonoprogne fuligula pretoriae: SW Zimbabwe and s Mozambique to e South Africa
  • Ptyonoprogne fuligula fusciventris: central and southern Chad, Central African Republic, western Sudan, South Sudan, and southwestern Ethiopia south through East Africa to northern Mozambique
  • Ptyonoprogne fuligula bansoensis: Sierra Leone to Nigeria and Cameroon
  • Ptyonoprogne fuligula pusilla: S Mali to Eritrea and Ethiopia
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English:
Rock Martin or Pale Crag-Martin
French:
Hirondelle isabelline ou H. du désert


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

African Bird Club Checklist August 2005:
Rock Martin ( Hirundo fuligula) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist March 2007:
Rock Martin ( Ptyonoprogne fuligula) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist January 2008:
Rock Martin ( Ptyonoprogne fuligula) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist May 2009:
Rock Martin ( Ptyonoprogne fuligula) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist March 2010:
Rock Martin ( Ptyonoprogne fuligula) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Rock Martin or Pale Crag-Martin ( Ptyonoprogne [fuligula or obsoleta])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Rock Martin or Pale Crag-Martin ( Ptyonoprogne [fuligula or obsoleta])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Rock Martin or Pale Crag-Martin ( Ptyonoprogne [fuligula or obsoleta])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Rock Martin or Pale Crag-Martin ( Ptyonoprogne [fuligula or obsoleta])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Rock Martin or Pale Crag-Martin ( Ptyonoprogne [fuligula or obsoleta])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Rock Martin or Pale Crag-Martin ( Ptyonoprogne [fuligula or obsoleta])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Rock Martin or Pale Crag-Martin ( Ptyonoprogne [fuligula or obsoleta])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020):
Rock Martin or Pale Crag-Martin ( Ptyonoprogne [fuligula or obsoleta])
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 08 (Feb 2021):
Rock Martin or Pale Crag-Martin ( Ptyonoprogne [fuligula or obsoleta])
Clements, version 2021:
Rock Martin ( Ptyonoprogne fuligula) [version 1]
Clements, version 2022:
Rock Martin ( Ptyonoprogne fuligula) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2004 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2005 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition:
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
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Clements, version 2015:
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Clements, version 2016:
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Clements, version 2017:
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Clements, version 2018:
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Clements, version 2019:
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eBird version 1.50:
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eBird version 1.52:
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eBird version 1.53:
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eBird version 1.54:
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eBird version 1.55:
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eBird version 2015:
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eBird version 2016:
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eBird version 2017:
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eBird version 2018:
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eBird version 2019:
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eBird version 2021:
Rock Martin ( Ptyonoprogne fuligula) [version 2]
eBird version 2022:
Rock Martin ( Ptyonoprogne fuligula) [version 2]
Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
Rock Martin ( Ptyonoprogne fuligula) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
Rock Martin ( Ptyonoprogne fuligula) [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: species group (sometimes a species)

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Afrikaans: Kransswael
Arabic: خطاف الصخر, سنونو الصخر الباهت
Azerbaijani: Kiçik dağ qaranquşu, Kiçik qaya qaranquşu
Bulgarian: Африканска лястовица
Catalan: roquerol isabelí
Czech: břehule hnědá, Brehule nilská
Danish: Lys Klippesvale
German: Steinschwalbe
Greek: Ερημοχελίδονο
English: African Rock Martin, Pale Crag Martin, Rock Martin, Rock Martin or Pale Crag-Martin
English, HBW: Pale/Large/Red-throated Rock Martin
English (IOC): Pale Crag Martin/Rock Martin
English (Kenya): Rock Martin
English (United States): Rock Martin
Esperanto: Malhela rokhirundo
Spanish: Avión Isabel, Avión Isabelino
Spanish (Spain): Avión isabel, Avión Isabelino
Spanish (HBW): Avión isabelino
Estonian: kõrbe-kivipääsuke
Persian: چلچله بیابانی
Finnish: Aavikkopääsky
French: Hirondelle isabelline, Hirondelle isabelline ou H. du désert
Hebrew: סנונית מדבר
Hungarian: sivatagi szirtifecske, Sivatagi szirtifescke
Icelandic: Steinsvala
Italian: Rondine montana pallida, Rondine montana rupicola
Japanese (romaji): afurikachairotsubame, usuchairotsubame
Japanese: アフリカチャイロツバメ, ウスチャイロツバメ
Kwangali: Sisampamema
Scientific: Cotyle obsoleta, Hirundo fuligula, Hirundo fusciventer, Ptyonoprogne [fuligula or obsoleta], Ptyonoprogne fuligula, Ptyonoprogne fuligula fuligula, Ptyonoprogne fuligula fusciventris, Ptyonoprogne obsoleta obsoleta, Ptyonoprogne rufigula fusciventris, Pytonoprogne obsoleta
Lithuanian: Afrikinė uolinė kregždė, Rudoji kregždė
Dutch: Kaapse Rotszwaluw, Vale Rotszwaluw
Norwegian Nynorsk: Ravinesvale
Norwegian: Ravinesvale
Polish: jaskólka blada, jaskółka blada
Portuguese: Andorinha de uropigio cinzento
Portuguese (Portugal): Andorinha-das-rochas-africana, andorinha-isabel
Russian: Африканская скалистая ласточка, Горная ласточка
Sinhalese (Transliteration): Gal Wahilihiniya
Slovak: lastovička previsová
Slovenian: afriška skalna lastovka
Shona: Nyenganyenga
Serbian: Istočna gorska lasta
Sotho, Southern: Lekabelane
Swedish: Afrikansk klippsvala, blek klippsvala/afrikansk klippsvala
Swahili: Kinegwa Miwamba, Mbayuwayu Koo-jeusi
Tswana: Pêolwane
Turkish: küçük kaya kırlangıcı
Tsonga: Mbawulwana
Ukrainian: Ластівка афро-азійська
Xhosa: Inkonjane
Chinese: 非洲岩燕
Chinese (Traditional): 非洲岩燕
Zulu: iNhlolamvula

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