The red-rumped swallow (Cecropis daurica) is a small passerine bird in the swallow family. It breeds in open hilly country of temperate southern Europe and Asia from Portugal and Spain to Japan, India and tropical Africa. The Indian and African birds are resident, but European and other Asian birds are migratory. They winter in Africa or India and are vagrants to Christmas Island and northern Australia.



Red-rumped swallows are somewhat similar in habits and appearance to the other aerial insectivores, such as the related swallows and the unrelated swifts (order Apodiformes). They have blue upperparts and dusky underparts.

They resemble barn swallows, but are darker below and have pale or reddish rumps, face and neck collar. They lack a breast band, but have black undertails. They are fast fliers and they swoop on insects while airborne. They have broad but pointed wings.

Red-rumped swallows build quarter-sphere nests with a tunnel entrance lined with mud collected in their beaks, and lay 3 to 6 eggs. They normally nest under cliff overhangs in their mountain homes, but will readily adapt to buildings such as mosques and bridges.

They do not normally form large breeding colonies, but are gregarious outside the breeding season. Many hundreds can be seen at a time on the plains of India.



Red-rumped Swallow
Date Location Count
2019-12-03 09:10Kartong Wetland1
2019-12-11 16:05Pirang Fish Ponds2
2019-12-10 07:55Njauri Reservoir6
2019-12-06 09:59Dehesa de Abajo1
2019-12-01 10:27La Janda--Area General1
2019-12-04 10:48Estuario del Río Guadiaro2
2019-12-14 10:00Desembocadura del Guadalhorce--Area General1
2019-12-04 13:17Lake Mburo NP1
2019-12-01 06:40Maasai Mara NR--Talek Plains2
2019-12-08 07:54Maasai Mara NR, Eastern Section5
2019-12-11 09:15U of N Kabete Campus & Field Station (incl. Loresho Swamp)3
2019-12-11 07:14Nairobi NP1
2019-12-08 07:30Swara Plains Conservancy and Acacia Camp (formerly Hopcraft Ranch/Game Ranching Ltd.)1
2019-12-08 14:30Magongo Hills2
2019-12-02 16:57Tsavo West NP--Kilaguni Lodge1
2019-12-09 06:18Tsavo West NP--Ngulia Lodge1
2019-12-01 09:00Balachadi Beach6
2019-12-02 14:50Little Rann of Kachchh--Bajana Entry40
2019-12-08 07:30Little Rann of Kachchh--Chikasar4
2019-12-14 15:30Lake View Park3
2019-12-10 15:30Mount Abu4
2019-12-14 08:44Indroda Nature Park5
2019-12-08 07:30Limbasi-Vastana Rd6
2019-12-06 15:24Timbi Lake5
2019-12-01 08:00Mumbra Hills, Mumbai1
2019-12-14 08:00Bhopar, Dombivli, Maharashtra, India6
2019-12-01 15:44Gavdevi Temple, Wadi30
2019-12-09 07:15Haji Malang30
2019-12-07 07:41Girmal Waterfall15
2019-12-07 08:00Tata Dam, Lonavala1
2019-12-06 07:30Kasarsai Dam, Pune6
2019-12-08 06:51Sahyadri School (KFI), Pune
2019-12-04 14:52Nandur-Madhyameshwar bird sanctuary
2019-12-06 07:15Riverside road, Anandnagar, Pune1
2019-12-01 08:00Kavdi Pat
2019-12-08 10:45Morjim Beach45
2019-12-09 09:39Baga Hill, Goa, India25
2019-12-04 13:00Arpora Saltpans4
2019-12-11 08:41Siolim Fields35
2019-12-13 10:39Pilerne Lake35
2019-12-08 08:16Socorro Plateau4
2019-12-02 11:43Salvador do Mundo Fields8
2019-12-06 07:21Goa University Campus1
2019-12-03 07:31Shirgao, Bicholim3
2019-12-12 07:18Talaulim-Tiswadi20
2019-12-12 10:08Batim Lake30
2019-12-14 08:30Kapurwadi lake3
2019-12-05 07:25Carambolim Lake & Surroundings (IBA)16
2019-12-08 08:15Carambolim- Dhado Wetland Complex- IBA1
2019-12-08 06:32Bardar-- Punjab1
2019-12-06 07:29Ganjem Junction and Ganjeshwari Temple30
2019-12-11 09:30Bhigwan -- Kumbhargaon Bird Sanctuary15
2019-12-06 06:00Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary4
2019-12-08 15:46Bhigwan Kranti flamingo point10
2019-12-08 07:12Bhojnagar- Chakki Mod Road5
2019-12-01 07:15Sultanpur Flat Bee-eater area10
2019-12-14 11:00Sultanpur National Park2
2019-12-08 07:30Sultanpur Flats4
2019-12-14 13:06Basai Wetland4
2019-12-08 10:45Bhondsi Nature Park IN/HR1
2019-12-07 08:29Timber Depot Dandeli4
2019-12-02 08:46Asan Conservation Reserve2
2019-12-01 14:54Dhanauri Wetlands -- Dhanauri Kalan East
2019-12-13 11:57Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary1
2019-12-02 16:43Forest Research Institute (FRI), New Forest Campus6
2019-12-12 07:48Curzon Road Dehradun2
2019-12-01 06:50Lonar lake, Buldhana2
2019-12-08 07:16Rajpur Road Enclave, Dhoran1
2019-12-10 09:50Maldevta4
2019-12-12 07:30Magadi Bird Sanctuary2
2019-12-05 07:10Chilla Range--Ganga Bank2
2019-12-13 07:16Rajaji National Park--Chilla Range1
2019-12-04 08:18Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve2
2019-12-05 12:05Kaudiya/Gangabhogpur -- Talla10
2019-12-12 10:24Rajaji NP--Ganga Bhogpur
2019-12-12 11:50Gumpe hills3
2019-12-14 11:00Kannur Forest Division--Ranipuram5
2019-12-08 09:00Ezhome2
2019-12-12 15:40Ankasamudra Bird Sanctuary3
2019-12-10 09:09Corbett NP--Dhikala3
2019-12-10 08:10Munderi Kadavu5
2019-12-11 14:11Dhela2
2019-12-12 06:37Bijrani4
2019-12-09 06:09Corbett NP--Dhangarhi10
2019-12-02 10:09Dhikuli6
2019-12-10 07:37Talwari1
2019-12-06 16:13Kuttippuram--Railway Station3
2019-12-06 16:09Pallippuram Railway Station7
2019-12-01 07:00Puliyappatta kayal, Koottanad5
2019-12-04 07:48Mysore City Bird Atlas 29A, RT Nagara, South of watertank4
2019-12-08 06:44Mysore City Bird Atlas 30 B, Srirampura 2nd Stage Mysore1
2019-12-09 06:52pullazhi3
2019-12-11 07:50Thangaloor-Govt. Medical College Stretch2
2019-12-09 07:00Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA)2
2019-12-07 07:06Muddahalli, Nanjangud Taluka1
2019-12-14 07:37Kole Wetlands--Palakkal5
2019-12-02 06:30College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences2
2019-12-01 08:55Kerala Agricultural University—Botanical Garden1
2019-12-08 12:51Gorewada Lake, Nagpur1
2019-12-11 07:00Ameenpur Lake, Hyderabad2
2019-12-07 06:30Near Kingfisher Pond
2019-12-01 07:30Osman Sagar Lake5
2019-12-01 11:10Ameenpur Lake4
2019-12-01 10:25Kalamassery--HMT Estate Area4
2019-12-14 08:00Padamugal--DLF New Town Heights20
2019-12-08 09:19Palakkad Hills--Elival Foothills2
2019-12-14 07:42Ukkulam Lake20
2019-12-13 16:00Kadayiruppu-- Mazhuvannur Rd.,20
2019-12-14 11:00Kadayiruppu--Indranchira20
2019-12-01 07:30Kava hillside (Nightjar valley), Malampuzha - (10.832, 76.728)2
2019-12-01 09:30Kadayirippu--Thonikka Paddy Feilds20
2019-12-08 06:25Ramdevara Betta, Ramanagara4
2019-12-08 07:30Hessaraghatta Lake1
2019-12-08 07:20Sabbanahalli (Vatadahosahalli) Kere4
2019-12-13 11:15Prashanthi Nilayam Ashram5
2019-12-13 17:32Yenumulapalli Lake5
2019-12-01 11:00Arepalayam, Erode60
2019-12-10 06:00Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary -- Baza Trail1
2019-12-14 12:15GKVK Campus, Bangalore
2019-12-08 08:53Valley School1
2019-12-14 16:31Gangampalli Forest14
2019-12-01 07:38Yelahanka Kere, Bangalore1
2019-12-01 09:12Edulabad Lake2
2019-12-14 06:53Kogilu Kere, Bangalore2
2019-12-07 06:20Anjanapura Central Park6
2019-12-08 16:39Ferns Residency2
2019-12-14 12:30Dudhwa NP -- General Area8
2019-12-01 06:45Bannerghatta National Park2
2019-12-01 07:00Shivanahalli, Bangalore4
2019-12-13 10:45Doddanakundi Lake3
2019-12-15 07:13Hoskote Lake14
2019-12-01 09:55Alampatty2
2019-12-08 10:3016 Gate Ellis Surplus Sluices Bridge, Mettur10
2019-12-11 06:53Thekkady--Bamboo Grooves, Kumily Thekkady Road5
2019-12-01 07:00Kukrail -- General Area3
2019-12-14 16:45Odappadi Kulam3
2019-12-08 06:40Rishi Valley--School Campus6
2019-12-14 09:44Bejjur Forest Range4
2019-12-07 17:39Ramco Institute of Technology4
2019-12-01 06:00Yercaud, Salem
2019-12-15 07:26Sappaniparambu20
2019-12-07 16:34Regional Science Center, Tirupati1
2019-12-10 15:18Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Tirupati, Mangalam campus4
2019-12-11 06:45Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Tirupati, Yerpadu campus2
2019-12-12 06:42Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Tirupati2
2019-12-07 06:07Gangrel Dam (forest area)
2019-12-04 09:47Phewa Lake--grasslands5
2019-12-12 06:19Horton Plains National Park (General)1
2019-12-08 08:00Baidyabati DVC canal3
2019-12-01 08:31Jaguli Grassland2
2019-12-05 07:00Deepor Beel Bird Sanctuary10
2019-12-06 07:57Mt Popa National Park30
2019-12-13 17:35Nabangtian Fields (那帮田)2
2019-12-09 11:12德宏--大盈江桥 (Dehong--Daying River bridge)1
2019-12-03 08:20Doi Inthanon NP--Royal Agricultural Station & Siriphum Waterfall2
2019-12-07 07:04Doi Inthanon NP--headquarters1
2019-12-12 14:05Doi Inthanon NP--Doi Pha Tang2
2019-12-06 06:42Doi Pha Hom Pok NP--Angkhang Nature Resort2
2019-12-05 07:00Doi Pha Hom Pok NP--Doi Angkhang (general area)8
2019-12-04 07:22Mae Taeng Irrigation Project2
2019-12-14 07:00Doi Pha Hom Pok NP--Doi Angkhang military base and campsite1
2019-12-13 14:55Doi Lo paddies (general area)2
2019-12-08 08:00Doi Pha Hom Pok NP--Doi Lang (east) general area1
2019-12-06 07:40Huai Tueng Thao Lake1
2019-12-14 08:45Doi Pha Hom Pok NP--headquarters & Fang hot spring4
2019-12-14 07:50Cho Lae paddies2
2019-12-05 06:43Mae Ping NP (general area)1
2019-12-07 07:35Mae Ai paddies7
2019-12-12 16:07Tha Ton paddies--Huai Mafueang1
2019-12-08 15:15Tha Ton paddies--The water tower vicinity2
2019-12-02 07:00Taksin Maharat NP--headquarters vicinity
2019-12-10 08:20Nong Kra Hoh marshes30
2019-12-11 08:15Reservoir in woodland on Huai Mae Salit Noi8
2019-12-10 10:00Mae Tho River near Tak Provincial Town3
2019-12-13 09:20Nong Luang Royal Project2
2019-12-07 10:40Mae Ping River in Tak Provincial Town2
2019-12-13 07:10Wat Ban Nong (Ban Nong Temple)1
2019-12-13 09:40Mae Chang Stream in Pa Than Sub-district9
2019-12-11 16:15Khlong Da Baek Reservoir1
2019-12-10 14:20Chalad Rakhang Reservoir12
2019-12-14 10:25Pong Daeng paddyfields (general area)10
2019-12-12 16:50Pong Daeng--northern fields5
2019-12-11 10:00Isaan Water Reservoir and Forest15
2019-12-14 06:30Nong Makha Fields4
2019-12-14 08:00Bor Rae Pond5
2019-12-11 08:00Wat Neun Khra Ding8
2019-12-08 08:00Nong Bong Khai Non-hunting Area--headquarters vicinity4
2019-12-06 06:50Kaeng Krachan NP (general area)2
2019-12-07 13:57Kaeng Krachan NP--Ban Krang Campgrounds2
2019-12-11 06:22Kaeng Krachan NP--Baan Maka Nature Lodge1
2019-12-03 16:43Kasetsart University [Kamphaeng Saen Campus]3
2019-12-14 08:49Wat Phra Phuttabat Khao Luk Chang1
2019-12-08 07:23Department of Public Relations2
2019-12-08 08:45H.M. Queen Sirikit Park (Suan Somdet Phra Nang Chao Sirikit)15
2019-12-14 08:31Rot Fai Park (Wachira Benchatat Park)1
2019-12-10 16:00Rangsit – Nakhon Nayok Khlong 5 paddies6
2019-12-05Lanta Islands (general area)5
2019-12-04 08:30Tat Mok NP (general area)10
2019-12-09 17:43Lat Krabang paddies15
2019-12-08 05:54Eco Eyes Village3
2019-12-11 07:45Khao Yai NP (general area)3
2019-12-02 15:00Khao Yai NP--fire station vicinity2
2019-12-03 07:25Ta Ngoi scrub & farmlands20
2019-12-06 08:00Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve4
2019-12-02 06:00Perlis State Park (Taman Negeri Perlis)2
2019-12-04 08:00Kaeng Lawa2
2019-12-02 14:20Chuping Sugar Cane Plantation2
2019-12-10 09:40Nong Bo2
2019-12-01 07:29Huai Chorakhe Mak Reservoir Non-hunting Area (general area)2
2019-12-06 08:34Krous Krom (Kampong Thom)1
2019-12-10 06:00Veal Krous Vulture Restaurant4
2019-12-13 09:00Sungai Balang rice fields10
2019-12-12 16:54Hindhede Park3
2019-12-08 08:00广东省佛山市南方医科大学 [顺德校区] (Southern Medical University Shuande Campus)2
2019-12-14 15:11Nam Sang Wai Wetland
2019-12-05 11:00Mai Po Nature Reserve8
2019-12-05 09:00San Tin30
2019-12-03 06:45Long Valley8
2019-12-12 15:21金門--烈嶼陵水湖(Kinmen--Lieyu Lingshui Lake)2
2019-12-09 09:26金門--烈嶼習山湖公園(Kinmen--Lieyu Xishanhu Park)8
2019-12-10 09:09金門--慈湖南山林道(Kinmen--Lake Ci Nanshan Path)18
2019-12-08 09:00桃園--大園桃園大圳2-19號池2
2019-12-12 06:30桃園--蘆竹大竹埤塘2-18號(Taoyuan--Luzhu Dazhu Ponds No.2-18)1
2019-12-07 12:13台北--北投貴子坑大排(Taipei--Beitou Guizikeng Drainage Canal)2
2019-12-08 16:10台北--台北動物園河濱步道(動物園-景美橋)(Taipei--Taipei Zoo River Walk (Between Zoo & Jingmei Bridge)2