Fairy Martin (species: Petrochelidon ariel) in Mungo NP (Gaia Guide)
Petrochelidon ariel
Fairy Martin

©Leo: Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)

©Jim Bendon: Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)

©Thomas Mattern: Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Hirundinidae
Genus Petrochelidon
Species Petrochelidon ariel



Distinguishing features

The adult has an iridescent blue back, brown wings and tail, a rufous crown and nape, and a whitish rump. The underparts are dull white. The sexes are similar, but young birds are duller and browner, with a paler forehead and pale fringes to the back and wing feathers.
This species can be distinguished from other Australian swallows by its pale rump. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 13 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution


The Fairy Martin feeds high in the air on flying insects, usually in large flocks. Fairy Martins have a slow fluttering flight and feed higher than Welcome Swallows. They will also feed on insect swarms low over water. (Wikipedia)

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