Eurasian Crag-Martin

Ptyonoprogne rupestris

Armenian Name: Ժայռային ծիծեռնակ
Eurasian Crag-Martin

See Plate 36 for Eurasian Crag-Martin and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:14.5 cm, Wing Span:32-34.5 cm
Distribution Map: Map 212.
Description: Drab brown above, pale brown below with blackish underwing coverts and white spots on slightly-forked tail, visible in flight. Chin and throat mottled with gray and dark brown.
Similar Species: Differs from other swallows and martins by contrasting underwing pattern and white spots on spread tail.
Behavior: Usually found flying in small groups along cliff face. Often glides. Perches on cliff ledges.
Habitat: Mountains, bare cliffs, river gorges, tall buildings.
Food: Airborne insects.
Nest: Mud cup lined with plant fibers and feathers attached to cliff face, near ceiling in cave, or on upper story of tall building.
Eggs: 21 mm, 3-5, white, red spots.