Threatened Grassland Species Programme

Blue Swallow Project

The Blue Swallow is Critically Endangered in South Africa and is very likely going to be the next bird species to go extinct in South behind if we don’t implement urgent conservation action to prevent this happening. This species is an intra-African migrant, they breed in South Africa in summer but fly to central Africa over the winter. Currently there are fewer than 100 birds left and less than 35 nests in the whole of South Africa, the biggest population is in the KZN midlands with a small population (<5 prs) remaining in Mpumalanga. The TGSP has been working with this species for over ten years but only recently has the urgency led to a new approach focussing on identifying the cause of recent and dramatic localised population crashes.

Blue Swallow Factsheet - DOWNLOAD

Contact us

Catherine Hughes - Programme Manager