A migratory and breeding species for Cyprus and the Akamas peninsula. It arrives early in spring (February – April) and departs in autumn (September – October). It’s seen in groups during migration, often mixed with other hirundines.
It breeds in colonies, on steep rocky sites, building walls and other human settlements. The nest is made of mud, is closed above from the roof and has an entrance in a half-circle shape. It’s mostly seen in flight chasing insects, often with other hirundines, or sitting in groups on electricity wires.
It’s smaller than the Barn Swallow, with much shorter and less forked tail. It has glossy blueish-black upperparts, white underparts and has a characteristic, wide, clean, white rump.