Greater Striped Swallow

Greater Striped Swallow

 

The Greater Striped Swallow is a common breeding inter African migrant that occurs throughout Southern Africa. It arrives during August and departs during April, as with the other inter African migrants recovery of ringed birds in their wintering grounds is difficult, we do however have one record of a bird ringed in Natures Valley in the Western Cape in January 1960 as an adult being recovered in Kasanza in the DRC in April 1963, a distance of 3154km’s and a time lapse of 3years and 85 days. All other records show that the birds return to the same spot that they were ringed or within a distance of less than 100km’s.

 

The longest time difference between ringing and recapturing/recovery currently sits at 7 years and 197 days. The bird was ringed as an adult bird on 17th April 1995 and was recaptured for the final time on 29th October 1992, during this time it was recaptured a total of 7 times at the same location and during this period it was determined it was a female.

 

Other longevity records include 6 years 238 days, 6 years 156 days and also 6 years 1 day.