French: Hirondelle des Bahamas German: Bahamaschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina de las Bahamas
New Providence, Bahama Islands
N Bahamas (islands of Grand Bahama, Great Abaco and Andros, possibly also New Providence); non-breeding also farther S, although rare in Cuba#R.
13·5–15 cm; 16·3–19·5 g. Male has forehead to back green, rump bluish-green; wings and tail blue, tail strongly forked; underparts and... read more
A metallic “chep” or “chi-chep” call has been recorded.
Caribbean pine (Pinus caribaea) forest; also around human habitations. Forages in open... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes flies (Diptera) and beetles (Coleoptera). Feeds both low over ground and high up, often gliding. Forms small flocks.
Late Apr–Jul; usually single brood but, of 12 nests, at least one and possibly three were second broods. Solitary or in groups; nests... read more
After breeding, spreads throughout Bahamas and S to E Cuba, some irregularly W to S Florida,... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Previously listed as Vulnerable. Restricted-range species: present in Bahamas EBA. Population estimated at 4800 individuals; decreasing. Range small and... read more
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