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Species of Thailand

Asian plain martin

Riparia chinensis

John Edward Gray, 1830

In Thai: นกนางแอ่นทรายสีน้ำตาล

The grey-throated martin or Asian plain martin (Riparia chinensis) is a small passerine bird in the swallow family.

The grey-throated martin is found in open habitats such as farmland, grassland and savannah, usually near water. It is found from Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Indian subcontinent to southern China, Taiwan, and the northern Philippines. It was formerly considered a subspecies of the "plain martin", since renamed the brown-throated martin.

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Riparia chinensis

Common names

  • Thai: นกนางแอ่นทรายสีน้ำตาล

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

Vulnerable (ONEP)

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

Vulnerable (BCST)


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Range Map

Distribution map of Asian plain martin, Riparia chinensis in Thailand
  • Chiang Khong District, Chiang Rai
  • Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lo District, Chiang Mai
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Khun Chae National Park
  • Khun Tan District, Chiang Rai
  • Kumphawapi District, Udon Thani
  • Kut Thing Non-Hunting Area
  • Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai
  • Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai
  • Nong Bong Khai Non-Hunting Area
  • Pa Sang District, Lamphun
  • Wiang Kaen District, Chiang Rai
Range map of Riparia chinensis in Thailand