Red-rumped Swallow (Male)
Red-rumped Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow (Male)
Scientific Name 
Cecropis daurica
Arabic Name 
الخطاف أحمر العجز
Kuwaiti name 
17.0 cm
Least Concern


Common passage migrant. A beautiful and elegant swallow, usually seen in small numbers among its relatives. Often forages on tiny air-borne insects above water and agricultural land.
Where in Kuwait 
Seen in small numbers on passage, normally in mixed Hirundine flocks over farmlands and both coastal and inland wetlands and farms in the Jahra area. They resemble Barn Swallows, but are darker below and have pale or reddish rumps, face and neck collar
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is estimated to be increasing following range expansions, perhaps linked to the use of artificial nest-sites. It breeds across southern Europe and Asia east to southern Siberia and Japan, These populations, along with Moroccan birds, are migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa or south Asia. There are resident races in Africa in a broad belt from West Africa east to Ethiopia and then south to Tanzania, and most Indian and Sri Lanka breeders are also year-round residents. They are fast fliers and they swoop on insects while airborne
Local threats 
Pesticides affecting its aerial prey