Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel) - HBW 9, p. 682
French: Hirondelle ariel
Spanish: Golondrina Ariel
Taxonomy: Collocalia Ariel Gould, 1843, New South Wales, Australia.
Genus often merged with Hirundo, but DNA studies support retention of separate taxa. May form a superspecies with P. fluvicola, and sometimes considered conspecific. Birds from NW Australia described as race conigravi, but indistinguishable from those in rest of range. Monotypic.
Distribution: Australia (excluding Melville I, Groote Eylandt, much of SW, and Tasmania).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 8 videos
Juveniles resting on a bicycle path and calling. Locality West Belconnen Pond, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Stephen Wallace 5 December 2011 1 year ago 37 sec 4.7
A group perched on a cable and preening, and an adult preening Locality Dayboro, Queensland, Australia (Monotypic species)
Tom Tarrant 31 October 1994 8 years ago 34 sec 3.9
Four birds preening in a wire fence. Locality Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 28 October 2009 2 years ago 20 sec 3.9
A bird preening and stretching on a reed. A Welcome Swallow lands nearby then both birds fly away. Locality Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria, Australia (Monotypic species)
Nick Talbot 26 March 2012 1 year ago 36 sec 3.8
An active colony under eves of historic building Locality Thargomindah, Queensland, Australia (Monotypic species)
David Fisher 14 September 2006 6 years ago 20 sec 3.8
A group of birds collecting mud for nest building and flying away Locality Magazine Road wetlands, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (Monotypic species)
Nick Talbot 17 September 2007 5 years ago 8 sec 3.4
PhotosSee all 9 photos
Pair of Fairy martins on barbed wire
Locality Eagleby Wetlands Reserve, Queensland, Australia
David Taylor 1 February 2008 2 years ago 4.2
adult in the hand
Locality South Australia, Australia (Monotypic species)
Dusan Brinkhuizen 9 June 2004 3 years ago 3.7
Ventral view of an individual in flight banking to its left
Locality Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Australian Capital Territory, Australia (Monotypic species)
Bruce Ramsay 5 September 2007 2 years ago 3.1
Bird on wire with Welcome Swallow
Locality Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Geoffrey Dabb 2 September 2009 1 year ago 3
A group collecting mud.
Locality Southport, Queensland, Australia (Monotypic species)
Fran Trabalon 10 October 2007 1 year ago 3
A group of birds collecting mud for nest building.
Locality Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria, Australia (Monotypic species)
Nick Talbot 17 September 2011 1 year ago 2.9