French: Hirondelle tapère German: Braunbrustschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina parda
America = eastern Brazil (possibly Pernambuco)
Subspecies and Distribution
P. t. tapera
(Linnaeus, 1766) – N South America from N & E Colombia, Venezuela and the Guianas S to extreme N & NE Brazil, also W of Andes in SW Ecuador (S from Guayas) and NW Peru (Tumbes).
P. t. fusca
(Vieillot, 1817) – Bolivia (except SW) and C Brazil S to C Argentina (Mendoza, La Pampa, Buenos Aires) and Uruguay; migrates N to N South America and Panama.
16 cm; 30–40 g. Nominate race has crown and upperparts sandy brown, wings and tail darker brown, tail slightly forked; chin, throat and abdomen white, indistinct brown... read more
Song is harsh and guttural with series of gurgling sounds; contact call “chu-chu-chip”. read more
Open or semi-open areas with trees, often near water, also human habitations, including towns.... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera), bees, wasps and ants (Hymenoptera), termites (Isoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), dragonflies... read more
Apr–Jun in Venezuela, Mar–May in Colombia; Nov–Mar in S. Solitary or in small loose groups (of eight bridges along one... read more
Nominate race resident, S race (fusca) migratory; forms large post-breeding flocks of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common; uncommon in Ecuador. In S of range, may be limited by availability of hornero nests. Large flocks roosting on buildings are... read more
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