Dark-blue upperparts; chestnut forehead and throat; dark breast band; whitish underparts; long, forked tail; pointed wings.
Flies low and makes quick turns. Catches flying insects in flight.
Resident population occurs around villages and reservoirs in the Jordan River Valley. They build cup-shaped mud nests on building ledges. Migrant population breeds in Europe and winters in Africa. They migrate south through Jordan in autumn and north in spring, flying over Azraq, the valleys of western Jordan, and Aqaba.