French: Hirondelle de Cuba German: Kubaschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina cubana
S. F. Baird
Cuba (including Cayo Romano) and I of Pines; non-breeding range unknown, probably in South America (recorded in Curaçao).
18–19 cm. Male is glossy steel-blue, with concealed white band on lower abdomen; wings and tail sooty-black, tail forked. Differs from extremely similar P. subis... read more
Song is a gurgling, including a high-pitched “twick-twick”; also a strong melodious... read more
Semi-open areas, especially near water and along coast, such as scrub, farmland, mangroves; also... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes beetles (Coleoptera), heteropteran bugs, and Odonata. Flight alternately flapping and gliding.
Apr–Aug. In loose colonies, sometimes solitary. Nest of vegetable fibres, e.g. grass, twigs and leaves, placed in natural tree hole... read more
Absent from breeding areas mid-Oct to Jan, most having left by Sept. Non-breeding range not known,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout most of breeding range. Research required in order to establish whereabouts of non-breeding quarters.
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