Crag Martin

The Eurasian Crag Martin or just Crag Martin, Ptyonoprogne rupestris, is a small passerine bird in the swallow family. It is about 14 cm long with ash-brown upperparts and paler underparts, and a short, square tail that has distinctive white patches on most of its feathers. It breeds in the mountains of southern Europe, northwestern Africa and southern Asia. It can be confused with the other two species in its genus, but is larger than both, with brighter tail spots and different plumage tone. Many European birds are resident, but some northern populations and most Asian breeders are migratory, wintering in northern Africa, the Middle East or India.

The Crag Martin is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Eurasian Crag Martin builds a nest adherent to the rock under a cliff overhang or increasingly onto a man-made structure. It makes a neat half-cup mud nest with an inner soft lining of feathers and dry grass. Nests are often solitary, although a few pairs may breed relativity close together at good locations. Two to five brown-blotched white eggs are incubated mainly by the female, and both parents feed the chicks. More

The Dusky Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne concolor) is a small passerine bird in the swallow family. It is about 13 cm (5.1 in) long with a broad body and wings, and a short square tail that has small white patches near the tips of most of its feathers. This martin has sooty-brown upperparts and slightly paler underparts. The two subspecies are resident breeding birds in South Asia from the Indian subcontinent to southwestern China and the northern parts of Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. More

Crag Martin - Definition = Crag Martin Crag Martin Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Passeriformes Family: Hirundinidae Genus: Ptyonoprogne Species: rupestris Binomial name More

The Eurasian Crag Martin is 13–15 cm (5.1–5.9 in) long with a 32–34.5 cm (12.6–13.6 in) wingspan. It has ash-brown upperparts and paler underparts, and has a broader body, wings and tail than any other European swallow. The tail is short and square, with white patches near the tips of all but the central and outermost pairs of feathers. The underwing and undertail ] are blackish, the eyes are brown, the small bill is mainly black, and the legs are brownish-pink. More

Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris = * Home Expand Log in Menu item Register Menu item Log out Menu item Change login details Menu item Why register? Expand UK & Ireland Menu item Birding sites More

Crag Martins and Rock Martins Ptyonoprogne rupestris and P. fuligula 21 April 2006, Doha, Qatar mapAfter a morning’s birding in Doha, Qatar I found a small flock of Martins flying around the outside of the hotel I was staying at. More

The population of the Crag Martin is fluctuating very much over long periods. But there are some reliable places to see this bird. You can find some on the pages National Park Berchtesgaden and The area around Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Aside this places the Crag Martin can be found in the Allgeau area. A little bit south of the German border (about 20 km linear distance) in the central alps e.g. around Innsbruck this Martin is rather common in some places. More

fortunately this obliging Crag Martin chose to perch on a ledge right by where I was standing, within easy reach of my 5x EagleEye lens. This day wasn't a birding day, we spent most of it visiting Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaçar. All 3 places held a pair of Crag Martins. Full details of my Portuguese trip now ready on my blog To take full advantage of Flickr, you should use a JavaScript-enabled browser and install the latest version of the Macromedia Flash Player. More

Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris Other Names Records Books & Links Order: Passeriformes Family: Hirundinidae BTO Codes: , CRAMA EURING No: 9910 Number in Britain: Fewer than 20 records Conservation Status: More

The Eurasian Crag Martin is not an unexpected addition to the Korean list, as it is largely migratoryand is considered to nest as close to the Korean Peninsula as the Great Wall near Beijing. More

The Crag Martin, (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), is a small perching bird in the swallow family. It breeds in the mountains of southern Europe, the Mediterranean and south Asia. Many European birds are resident, but some northern breeders and most Asian birds are migratory. They winter in North Africa or India. The Crag Martin is 5.5 to 6 inches long and somewhat similar in habits and appearance to the other aerial insectivores. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Hirundinidae
Genus : Hirundo
Species : rupestris
Authority : Scopoli, 1769