French: Martinet des Andes German: Andensegler Spanish: Vencejo andino
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye
La Paz, Bolivia
Subspecies and Distribution
A. a. parvulus
(Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1892) – W slope of Andes of Peru (S from Cajamarca) to extreme N Chile (Tarapacá).
A. a. peruvianus
(Chapman, 1919) – E slope in SE Peru.
A. a. andecolus
(d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – C Bolivia S to W Argentina (to W Río Negro).
14 cm. Medium-sized swift with broad inner wing, sharply pointed outer wing and long, deeply forked tail; black upperparts broken by narrow white trailing edge to secondaries... read more
Most common call is a buzzy, grating “tzee-tz-tz-trrr...tzee-tz-tz-tzee...” phrase or similar. Also... read more
Main habitats defined as arid montane scrub and semi-humid or humid montane scrub. Typically... read more
Food and feeding
Gregarious and highly mobile forager; associates with wintering C. pelagica.
Observed entering hole in road cutting where young were being fed, early Dec, N Tarapacá, Chile. Recorded nesting in holes in steep... read more
Resident. May move as a result of snowstorms at high altitude.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout range, except N Chile where uncommon and irregular at Arica, Camarones Gorge and Chusmisa in mountains of Tarapacá. Local... read more
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