The Rock Martin (Ptyonoprogne fuligula fusciventris) is a small passerine bird in the swallow family.
The Rock Martin has brown feathers with pale-brown on the upper chest and underwings and white markings on the tail feathers.
It grows to 12-15 centimetres (5-6 inches) in length.
The Rock Martin is native to central and southern Africa. It prefers mountains and rocky areas near human townships.
It eats insects caught in mid air, usually along cliff faces. Its predators include falcons and eagles.
It builds a bowl-shaped nest on a vertical rock face or wall. The nest is made from mud and lined with grass or feathers. The female lays 2-3 eggs, which hatch after 16-19 days. Both parents look after the eggs and the chicks. The chicks gain their flight feathers after 22-24 days.
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