SWALLOWS   -   HIRUNDINIDAE


Blue-and-white Swallow - Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
Blue-and-white Swallow
Pygochelidon cyanoleuca cyanoleuca
Nono-Tandayapa road, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
One of the most common and widespread Neotropical swallows, found from Costa Rica to Tierra del Fuego.  In the northern part of its range it is mostly found in montane areas, being quite local in lowland areas. (S8)


Blue-and-white Swallow - Pygochelidon cyanoleuca
Blue-and-white Swallow
Pygochelidon cyanoleuca cyanoleuca
Paquisha, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador.
(S6)


Tawny-headed Swallow - Alopochelidon fucata
Tawny-headed Swallow
Alopochelidon fucata
Serra da Canastra National Park, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
A very local swallow found in savannas of South America. (S5)


Brown-bellied Swallow - Orochelidon murina
Brown-bellied Swallow
Orochelidon murina murina
Termales del Ruiz, Villamaria, Caldas, Colombia.
A common swallow of the high Andes. (S14)


White-banded Swallow - Atticora fasciata
White-banded Swallow
Atticora fasciata
Cristalino River, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
A common bird, mainly along rivers, in the Amazon and Guianan regions. (S11)


White-banded Swallow - Atticora fasciata
White-banded Swallow
Atticora fasciata
Mitú, Vaupés department, Colombia.
(S6)


White-thighed Swallow - Atticora tibialis
White-thighed Swallow
Atticora tibialis minima
La Unión, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.
This was a very distant bird, but it was nice to actually get this species showing its white thighs. Most of the time the thighs are hidden by the flank feathers. It has a rather blotchy range from Panama to southeastern Brazil. (S8)


Southern Rough-winged Swallow - Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Stelgidopteryx ruficollis ruficollis
Rio Pixaim, Pantanal, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
The buffy throat patch is always a good ID feature. (S8)


Brown-chested Martin - Progne tapera
Brown-chested Martin
Progne tapera fusca(?)
Pousada Piuval (Pantanal lodge), Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
(S7)


Gray-breasted Martin - Progne chalybea
Gray-breasted Martin
Progne chalybea chalybea
Puerto Lopez, Manabí province, Ecuador.
A widespread neotropical species, mostly in lowland areas. (S8)


Gray-breasted Martin - Progne chalybea
Gray-breasted Martin
Progne chalybea chalybea
Yasuní Research Station, Orellana province, Ecuador.
(S6)


Southern Martin - Progne elegans
Southern Martin
Progne elegans
Quilmes, Tucumán province, Argentina.
Female. (S8)


White-winged Swallow - Tachycineta albiventer
White-winged Swallow
Tachycineta albiventer
Sani Lodge, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador.
A common species over much of tropical South America east of the Andes. It lives almost exclusively along rivers and lakes. (S8)


White-winged Swallow - Tachycineta albiventer
White-winged Swallow
Tachycineta albiventer
Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
(S6)


White-winged Swallow - Tachycineta albiventer
White-winged Swallow
Tachycineta albiventer
Pousada Piuval, Pantanal, Mato Grosso , Brazil.
Immature. (S8)


White-rumped Swallow - Tachycineta leucorrhoa
White-rumped Swallow
Tachycineta leucorrhoa
Reserva Ecologica de Guapiassu, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
A common open country species of eastern South America. The thin white lines above the lores distinguish it from the similar Chilean Swallow T. meyeni of the Southern Cone. (D3)


White-rumped Swallow - Tachycineta leucorrhoa
White-rumped Swallow
Tachycineta leucorrhoa
Intervales State Park, São Paulo state, Brazil.
(S8)


Mangrove Swallow - Tachycineta albilinea
Mangrove Swallow
Tachycineta albilinea
Tárcoles, Puntarenas province, Costa Rica.
These birds were nesting in the small boat that we used to bird the Tarcol River estuary. It didn't seem to bother them one bit to live in a mobile home! (S5)


Black-capped Swallow - Atticora pileata
Black-capped Swallow
Atticora pileata
Tolimán, Chiapas state, Mexico.
This swallow has one of the most restricted ranges of any member of that family, found only the of state of Chiapas in SE Mexico and adjacent Guatemala. Note the gray sides and flanks contrasting with white central underparts. (S5)


Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica erythrogaster
Puerto Etén, Lambayeque department, Peru.
(S6)


Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica erythrogaster
Tárcol river, Puntarenas province, Costa Rica.
Part of a large flock taking a rest on their northward migration to North America. (P1)


Chestnut-collared Swallow - Petrochelidon rufocollaris
Chestnut-collared Swallow
Petrochelidon rufocollaris aequatorialis
Sozoranga, Loja province, Ecuador
Restricted to dry habitats west of the Andes from western Ecuador to western Peru. (S8)


Chestnut-collared Swallow - Petrochelidon rufocollaris
Chestnut-collared Swallow
Petrochelidon rufocollaris aequatorialis
Sozoranga, Loja province, Ecuador
They often place their nests in the eaves of buildings and under bridges. (S8)

















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