French: Hirondelle dorée German: Antillenschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina dorada
Subspecies and Distribution
T. e. euchrysea
(Gosse, 1847) – Jamaica (possibly extinct#R).
T. e. sclateri
(Cory, 1884) – Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic).
12–12·5 cm. Male is strongly iridescent bronzy green to coppery bronze above, upperparts often appearing golden; wings and tail dusky bronze-green, tail slightly... read more
A “tchee-weet” call has been recorded.
Montane humid forest and pine (Pinus) forest at up to 2000 m, also secondary forest.... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes beetles (Coleoptera) and parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera). Feeds alone or in small groups, often low over the ground.
Season Jun–Jul in Jamaica; also Apr in Haiti and Dominican Republic. Often colonial. Nest made of vegetable fibres, lined with fibres... read more
Resident; may move to lower altitudes after breeding.
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Jamaica EBA and Hispaniola EBA. Total population estimated at 2500–10,000 individuals within small and fragmented range... read more
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