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Lesser Striped Swallow

Lesser Striped Swallow

 
 
The Lesser Striped Swallow is a common breeding inter African migrant that occurs all along the East Coast into the Eastern Cape, and in the Northern part of South Africa from Johannesburg northwards. From Zimbabwe north they may occur throughout the year although in smaller numbers, leading to thoughts that some birds from South Africa may migrate only as far as this region whilst the breeding birds from this area go further north, however ringing records can give no indication as to whether this a fact or not as all recaptures and recoveries have occurred in the same area where the bird was originally ringed. The greatest movement is only a distance of 83.94km this being a bird ringed in Gauteng. The second greatest distance is 83.17km a bird ringed in Kwazulu Natal. All the other birds were recaptured or recovered within 10km’s of the initial ringing location. This is not hard to believe due to their habit of building their nests under the eaves of houses, also indicating that the birds return to the same nest year after year.

 

The time lapsed between ringing and recapture shows some interesting data with the greatest elapsed time being 5years 333days, a bird ringed in Durban Harbor in January 1957 as an adult bird and recovered as a dead bird 8.49km away in December 1962. The second greatest elapsed time is 5years 185days, also a bird ringed as an adult at Darvill Sewage Works in Pietermaritzburg in September 1989 and recaptured and released again at the same location in March 1995. A third bird ringed in Malawi in January 1982 as an immature bird was recaptured at the same location 5years 33days later.