Banded Martin (Riparia cincia)

Appearance
The Banded Martin is a small, 6" (15cm) bird, which has two sub-species found in Kenya.
The resident bird, R. c. suahelica is uncommonly seen in the Masai Mara and surrounding areas, also in Turkana.
R. c. erlangeri is a scarcely seen migrant from the Northern tropics, from November to February.

Habits
Banded Martins are most often seen in pairs, sometimes small groups. Unlike other Martins, pairs nest by themselves, inside burrows made in soft earth banks. A nest is made from grass and roots, lined with feathers. As well as along rivers, they are found in grassy country.

Diet
The Banded Martin hawks insects in the air.

Resident
See above.

Extra Facts
The Banded Martin's call is fairly loud and chattering. Martins belong to the Swallow family.

Photographs
Photographed in Olare Orok Conservancy.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:banded martin, bird, kenya, martin, wildlife

Banded Martin ~ Calling

Banded Martin, Calling, Beak Open, Perched

Banded Martin ~ Looking Over Shoulder

Banded Martin ~ Looking Over Shoulder