Adult Asian House Martin (subspecies D. d. dasypus) at Arashiyama, Japan - July 2013
Local Name (Japan): Iwa-tsubame (イワツバメ) - "Rock Swallow"
Featured Subspecies: Delichon dasypus dasypus
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
As the name suggests, the Asian House Martin is very similar to it's European equivalent in both form and habit. As with our local species, it is a Summer migrant, and thus we only encountered them on our original Kyoto/Osaka trip. Unfortunately, as with any hirundine in flight, photographing them is very difficult and this was made more difficult by a mechanical problem with my camera at the time, meaning this terrible shot is the only one I managed. Hopefully, a future trip will remedy that.
Subspecies: D. d. dasypus, D. d. cashmiriensis
- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - A common Summer migrant.- KYOTO/OSAKA 2013 TRIP: A common bird in Kyoto, Arashiyama and Osaka
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List