Red-rumped Swallow

Cecropis daurica (Laxmann, 1769) VR RERSW 9950
Family: Passeriformes > Hirundinidae

Red-rumped Swallow, Yoav Perlman

Red-rumped Swallow is a scarce visitor to Britain & Ireland. Some individuals arrive in spring, overshooting their more southerly breeding sites, but others are reported from mid- to late-autumn.

This widespread breeding species occurs across much of southern Europe, Africa, and southern Asia. Northerly populations are migratory, while those in the south are mainly resident.

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3.4k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
3.4k records



Red-rumped Swallow identification is often straightforward.


Listen to example recordings of the main vocalisations of Red-rumped Swallow, provided by xeno-canto contributors.

Flight call

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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Red-rumped Swallow is a scarce migrant, most often detected in April and May but there are occasional records even in late autumn and winter.

Weekly occurence of Red-rumped Swallow from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Red-rumped Swallow, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Gwennol Dingoch
Catalan: oreneta cua-rogenca
Czech: vlaštovka skalní
Danish: Rødrygget Svale
Dutch: Roodstuitzwaluw
Estonian: roostepääsuke
Finnish: ruostepääsky
French: Hirondelle rousseline
German: Rötelschwalbe
Hungarian: vörhenyes fecske
Icelandic: Brandsvala
Irish: Fáinleog Ruaphrompach
Italian: Rondine rossiccia
Latvian: Daurijas bezdeliga
Lithuanian: daurine šelmenine kregžde
Norwegian: Amursvale
Polish: jaskólka rudawa
Portuguese: andorinha-dáurica
Slovak: lastovicka cervenochrbtá
Slovenian: rdeca lastovka
Spanish: Golondrina dáurica
Swedish: rostgumpsvala

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