Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris   [Scopoli, 1769]

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Order: Passeriformes Family: Hirundinidae
BTO Codes: , CRAMA EURING No: 9910
Number in Britain: Fewer than 20 records
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 14 cm Wingspan: 34 cm Weight: M/F: 24 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: ptuon=a fan + Prokne (mythological girl turned into a swallow) and L.: rupestris=of rocks (from rupes=rock)
World Distribution: BREEDS: s Europe, n Africa & c Asia, WINTERS: south to n Africa, Middle East & s Asia
Habitat: Rocky areas, towns
Diet: Small airborne invertebrates, feeds in flight often near cliffs
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Cornwall, 1988 (Higson, P. & Urquhart, E.D. 1990. British Birds 83:155-158)
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 6 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: Too few records
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Orkney (1999),
   North-east England: West Yorkshire (1999),
   North-west England:
   English Midlands: Leicestershire (1999),
   Eastern England:
   South-east England: Surrey (2006), East Sussex (1995),
   South-west England: Cornwall (1988),
   Wales: Caernarfonshire (1989),

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Other Names

Eurasian Crag Martin
Previously Hirundo rupestris
Gaelic: Welsh: Gwennol y Clogwyn
Danish: Klippesvale Dutch: Rotszwaluw
Finnish: Kalliopääsky French: Hirondelle des rochers
German: Felsenschwalbe Hungarian: Szirti fecske
Icelandic: Bjargsvala Irish:
Italian: Rondine montana Norwegian: Klippesvale
Polish: Jaskólka skalna Portuguese: Andorinha-das-rochas
Spanish: Avión roquero Swedish: Klippsvala

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