French: Hirondelle chalybée German: Graubrustschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina pechigrís
J. F. Gmelin
Cayenne, French Guiana
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. warneri
A. R. Phillips, 1986 – W Mexico (S from S Sinaloa).
P. c. chalybea
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – E Mexico (from S Tamaulipas) S through Central America to Trinidad and N South America (S to NW Peru and, E of Andes, to N Bolivia, N Argentina and C & NE Brazil); short-distance migrant in N.
P. c. macrorhamphus
Brooke, 1974 – C Bolivia and E Brazil S to N Argentina (S to Mendoza, Córdoba and Buenos Aires) and Uruguay; S populations migrate to N South America.
16–18 cm; 33–50 g. Male nominate race has forehead to crown and upperparts glossy steel-blue; wings and tail black, tail moderately forked; chin, throat, breast... read more
Song is a gurgling; calls include a contact call “cheur”, a rattle heard between mates... read more
Lowland woodland, savanna, forest clearings, coastal mangroves, farmland, also human habitations,... read more
Food and feeding
Adult diet in Venezuela c. 50% Hymenoptera (mainly winged ants), 10% each of Odonata, butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) and termites (... read more
Mainly Feb–Aug in Mexico; Mar/Apr–Jun/Jul in Central America and N South America, Sept–Dec in S. Solitary or in loose... read more
Forms large post-breeding flocks and roosts, sometimes thousands of birds, and sometimes with other... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common and widespread in suitable habitat. Often abundant around villages and towns, as readily nests in artificial... read more
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