Carmine with blue crown and undertail coverts.
Open woodland, savanna, low-altitude river valleys and floodplains, arid Acacia shrublands.
Common intra African migrant. It usually breeds in large colonies in sandbanks. Often seen at grass fires.
The diet includes bees and other flying insects.
The nest is at the end of a 1-2m long burrow in an earthen bank, and 2-5 eggs are laid.