Adult Eurasian Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupetris) on the nest at Patones, Spain - June 2015
Local Name (Spain): Avión roquero ("Rock Martin")
OTHER NAMES: Crag Martin
The Crag Martin is the most limited distribution of all the Martins found in Europe and the most specialized in habitat - only found on rock faces in Mediterranean countries. Compared to the other two species it it browner and without the clean white paneling that Sand and House Martins have. Like the House Martin, they construct mud and spit nests on sheltered vertical faces, Unlike the other two though, it is resident, staying in it's Southern European range throughout the year.
Subspecies: None - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Locally common resident.
- MADRID 2015 TRIP: Common at Patones - a number of individuals seen, including some visibly nesting.- MADRID 2016 TRIP: Common at Monfrague National Park - individuals seen throughout.