French: Hirondelle à ventre brun German: Mausschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina ventriparda
Subspecies and Distribution
O. m. meridensis
J. T. Zimmer & Phelps, Sr, 1947 – W Venezuela.
O. m. murina
(Cassin, 1853) – Andes in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
O. m. cyanodorsalis
Carriker, 1935 – S Peru and C Bolivia.
14 cm; 12·5 g. Male nominate race has crown and upperparts blackish with blue-green gloss; wings and tail dark brown, tail moderately forked; underparts sooty grey-... read more
Song is a weak buzzing; also a contact call “tjrip tjirp-tjrip-tjirp”, and an alarm... read more
Open highland country, such as grassland, shrub, elfin forest, Polylepis woodland,... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on aerial insects. Forages alone, in pairs, or in small groups; sometimes with Pygochelidon cyanoleuca, less often with ... read more
Nest-building and/or eggs recorded in Sept–Oct in Colombia and Ecuador; also, individuals in breeding condition in Jan–Aug in... read more
Probably resident; possibly some local or seasonal movements, e.g. in Venezuela.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common or fairly common. Not well known. Present in several protected areas, e.g. Podocarpus National Park (Ecuador).
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