Pale Crag Martin (UAE)
Scientific Name 
Ptyonoprogne fuligula obsoleta
Arabic Name 
خطاف الصخور
Kuwaiti name 
13.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Vagrant, although it is a resident breeder in most parts of Arabia. Most sightings are in winter and early spring. Smaller and paler than its Eurasian counterpart; careful observation is needed to discern the species’ subtle field mark distinctions.
Where in Kuwait 
Only 8 records for Kuwait with the last record from SAANR in April 2011. They have been seen as far west as Al Abraq and east in Jahra Bay
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a population that is estimated to be increasing following recorded range expansions. It is resident in northern Africa and in southwestern Asia east to Pakistan. It is largely resident apart from local movements or a descent to lower altitudes after breeding. A large breeding range expansion in the Arabian Peninsula has been aided by the use of high-rise buildings as nesting sites, and possibly a greater supply of insects from agricultural land. Breeding is now regular in Abu Dhabi, and Qatar's tall buildings may be the next site for colonisation
Local threats 
Pesticides that affect its aerial prey