rufous body; white on underwing; forked tail (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

Mosque Swallow
Cecropis senegalensis

Native Range: Africa, Eurasia, and Oriental Region

Notes: a geographically widespread swallow with rufous underparts and a deeply forked tail; no sexual dimorphism; in flight a helpful field mark is a bright white area on the forward undersurface of the wing.

the forked tail is not always spread in flight (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

forked tail evident even when bird is perched (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

light-colored throat; rusty underparts (South Africa; 2007-06-30)