French: Hirondelle à ventre blanc German: Karibikschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina caribeña
J. F. Gmelin
Greater Antilles (except Cuba and I of Pines), Lesser Antilles and Tobago; non-breeding range uncertain, probably in N South America. Large numbers recorded in winter in N Suriname (Paranam)#R.
18–20 cm; 38–42 g. Male is mostly glossy steel-blue; wings and tail black, tail moderately forked; lower breast, abdomen and undertail-coverts white, under... read more
Song is a gurgling; calls include contact calls “zwoot” and “kweet”, a... read more
Semi-open areas, especially near water and along coast, such as second-growth scrub and farmland;... read more
Food and feeding
Twelve stomachs contained 33% Hymenoptera (mainly wasps), 24% pentatomid bugs, 26% flies (Diptera), 8% beetles (Coleoptera), 8% Odonata;... read more
Generally Feb–Aug; single-brooded. Solitary or in loose groups, up to 30 pairs at one site. Nest of fibres, such as grass, twigs,... read more
Migratory, almost completely absent from West Indies Nov–Dec. Non-breeding range unknown,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread in West Indies. Probably benefits from its frequent use of artificial nest-sites.
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