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White-throated Blue Swallow Hirundo nigrita

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Medium
Land mass type   Average mass 18.3 g

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 4,040,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals Unknown not applicable Not Applicable 0
Population trend Increasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be frequent in Africa (Keith et al. 1992).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be increasing owing to the availability of artificial nest sites (del Hoyo et al. 2004).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Angola Native Extant      
Benin Native Extant      
Cameroon Native Extant      
Central African Republic Native Extant      
Congo Native Extant      
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Native Extant      
Côte d'Ivoire Native Extant      
Equatorial Guinea Native Extant      
Gabon Native Extant      
Ghana Native Extant      
Guinea Native Extant      
Liberia Native Extant      
Nigeria Native Extant      
Sierra Leone Native Extant      
Togo Native Extant      
Uganda Native Extant      

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Angola Lago Carumbo site factsheet
Angola Luachimo River (Chitato) site factsheet
Angola Maiombe site factsheet
Cameroon Bakossi mountains site factsheet
Cameroon Banyang Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary site factsheet
Cameroon Boumba - Bek site factsheet
Cameroon Campo Ma'an complex site factsheet
Cameroon Dja Faunal Reserve site factsheet
Cameroon Korup National Park site factsheet
Cameroon Lobéké National Park site factsheet
Cameroon Mont Nlonako site factsheet
Cameroon Nki site factsheet
Cameroon Yabassi site factsheet
Central African Republic Bangui site factsheet
Central African Republic Dzanga-Ndoki National Park site factsheet
Central African Republic Ngotto site factsheet
Congo Conkouati National Park site factsheet
Congo Dimonika Biosphere Reserve site factsheet
Congo Lake Te'le' Community Reserve site factsheet
Congo Léfini Faunal Reserve site factsheet
Congo Lower Kouilou basin site factsheet
Congo Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park complex site factsheet
Congo Ntokou Pikounda Reserve site factsheet
Congo Odzala National Park complex site factsheet
Congo Ogooué Leketi National Park site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Bombo-Lumene Game Reserve site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Lomako - Yekokora site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Luki Forest Reserve site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Ngiri site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Okapi Faunal Reserve site factsheet
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Salonga National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Azagny National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Bossematie Forest Reserve site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Comoe National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Lamto Ecological Research Station site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Marahoue National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Sangbe Mountain National Park site factsheet
Côte d'Ivoire Tai National Park and Nzo Faunal Reserve site factsheet
Equatorial Guinea Monte Alen National Park site factsheet
Gabon Gamba Protected Areas Complex site factsheet
Gabon Ipassa Strict Nature Reserve site factsheet
Gabon Léconi grasslands site factsheet
Gabon Lopé Faunal Reserve site factsheet
Gabon Minkébé Forest Reserve site factsheet
Gabon Ogooué delta and Mandji island site factsheet
Ghana Ankasa Resource Reserve - Nini-Sushien National Park site factsheet
Ghana Atewa Range Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Bia National Park and Resource Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Boin River Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Boin Tano Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Bosomtwe Range Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Bura River Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Cape Three Points Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Dadieso Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Draw River Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Ebi River Shelterbelt Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Fure River Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Jema-Asemkrom Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Mamiri Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Nsuensa Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Pra-Sushien Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Subri River Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Tano-Anwia Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Tano-Ehuro Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Tano-Nimiri Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Tano-Offin Forest Reserve site factsheet
Ghana Yoyo River Forest Reserve site factsheet
Guinea Massif du Ziama site factsheet
Liberia Cestos - Senkwen site factsheet
Liberia Grebo site factsheet
Liberia Lofa-Gola-Mano Complex site factsheet
Liberia Nimba mountains (part of Mount Nimba transboundary AZE) site factsheet
Liberia Sapo National Park site factsheet
Liberia Wologizi mountains site factsheet
Liberia Zwedru site factsheet
Nigeria Cross River National Park: Oban Division site factsheet
Nigeria Upper Orashi forests site factsheet
Sierra Leone Gola Forest Reserve site factsheet
Sierra Leone Outamba-Kilimi National Park site factsheet
Uganda Semliki National Park site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Urban Areas suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Mangrove Vegetation Above High Tide Level suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland major resident
Marine Coastal/Supratidal Coastal Freshwater Lakes suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha) suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha) suitable resident
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls) major resident
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Hirundo nigrita. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/04/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/04/2014.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Hirundinidae (Swallows and martins)
Species name author Gray, 1845
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Increasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 4,040,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Climate change species distributions