Tree MartinScientific name: Petrochelidon nigricans

Meaning of name: The meaning of Petrochelidon is not known. Nigricans is Latin for blackish.

Aboriginal name: Kybot (ky’bawt).

Distribution: Widespread across Australia.

Description: Up to 13cm long with a 28cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 1,418km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in July 2011, 6 years 0.9 months after being banded (information as at 20 June 2012).

The photographs for this species were not taken in the reserves of interest to the FQPB.

References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme