Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Endangered

Galapagos Martin (Progne modesta)


Taxonomy

French: Hirondelle sombre German: Galapagosschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina de Galápagos
Taxonomy:

Progne Modesta

Gould

, 1838,

#R, San Salvador (James) Island, Galapagos Archipelago

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Often treated as conspecific with P. murphyi and P. elegans. Initially named Hirundo concolor, but that name preoccupied. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Galapagos Is: present on all islands except Wolf, Culpepper, Marchena, Pinta, Rábida and Genovesa.

Descriptive notes

15 cm. Male is dark steel-blue, wings and tail blacker, tail slightly forked. Female has duller upperparts, uniformly dusky brown underparts. Juvenile resembles adult female. read more

Voice

Short, warbling song; twittering flight call “che-cher” or “tchur-tchur”, and high-pitched alarm... read more

Habitat

Coastal lagoons, forests, and mountains; to 970 m.

Food and feeding

Diet is known to include butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera). Sometimes feeds low over ground and around houses.

Breeding

Recorded in Mar. Nest made of grass stems and twigs, with a few feathers, in hole in cliff or tree. Clutch 2–3 eggs; no further... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Previously considered not globally threatened. Small population, probably fewer than 500 individuals, and probably declining. The species can only be found at a... read more

Recommended citation

Turner, A. & de Juana, E. (2019). Galapagos Martin (Progne modesta). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/57714 on 19 February 2019).