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It is mainly a summer resident in the temperate regions of southern Europe, Morocco in northwest Africa as well as parts of western, central and eastern Asia. Its range extends from the Iberian Peninsula eastwards to Japan. There are also non migratory populations resident in tropical Africa and in South East Asia.
This insectivorous species feeds exclusively on small flying insects, mainly flies and midges. Outside of the breeding season, it is a very rare but annual overshooting spring and autumn migrant to northern Europe.
The European, Moroccan and northern Asian populations migrate south in the autumn to spend the winter in sub Saharan Africa, the India sub-continent and northern Australia.
Text © Patrick J. O'Keeffe / Raw Birds.com
Wednesday, 24 February 2016
RED RUMPED SWALLOW (Cecropis daurica) Techniti Limni Agia, Agia Lake, Agia, Crete, Greece
Labels: Agia, Agia Lake, April, Birds of Crete, Birds of Europe, Birds of Greece, Cecropis daurica, Crete, Greece, passerine, Red-rumped Swallow, swallow, swallows, Techniti Limni Agia