The Indian Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon fluvicola) is also called Streak-throated Swallow in English, Giri Wehilihiniya in Sinhala. In general, this bird resembles the European and East Asian Swallows.
The Indian Cliff Swallow is only a vagrant rarely seen in Sri Lanka, it has only been recorded twice since 1948. It is mainly a resident in the plains of India, dwelling near rivers and lakes. It is much more common in Pakistan and northern India than in the south. It prefers open country and foothills, also occurs in cultivation and human habitations areas, including towns. The diet includes flies.
The Indian Cliff Swallow nests in huge colonies, building mud nests on cliffs, but also on the walls of large buildings. The breeding season in India varies locally, it is mainly from March to June in northern India.
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