French: Hirondelle des Andes German: Andenschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina andina
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye
La Paz, Bolivia
Subspecies and Distribution
O. a. oroyae
(Chapman, 1924) – C Peru.
O. a. andecola
(d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – Andes in S Peru, extreme N Chile (Arica, Tarapacá), C & S Bolivia and NW Argentina (Salta, Jujuy).
14 cm; 14–19 g. Has crown and upperparts glossy blue-black, rump light brown; wings and tail brownish-black, tail almost square; underparts grey-brown, whiter on... read more
Song is a brief, harsh “trrrt”; also a contact call “trui”.
Open mountainous country, breeding near ravines, cliffs or human habitations; forages over open... read more
Food and feeding
Dietary details not known; aerial insects. Feeds alone or, more usually, in small groups of up to c. 20 individuals; flock of c. 100... read more
Possibly Sept–Oct in Peru and Sept–Dec in Argentina; Dec–Mar in Bolivia. In loose groups; one was of 3–4 nests in a... read more
May make some post-breeding movements. At one site in Peru, was present in Sept–Oct but... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common within relatively limited range. Several thousand recorded at Laguna Tacahua, in Peru. Rather poorly known species.
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