Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Least Concern

Mangrove Swallow (Tachycineta albilinea)


French: Hirondelle des mangroves German: Mangroveschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina de manglar

Petrochelidon albilinea


, 1863,

New Granada = line of Panama Railroad, Panama


Along with T. stolzmanni, T. bicolor, T. albiventer, T. leucorrhoa and T. meyeni, sometimes placed in Iridoprocne, but DNA studies indicate close relationship of these taxa with other members of present genus. DNA data#R#R#R also indicate that present species and T. albiventer are sisters. Birds from NW Mexico (Sonora) sometimes separated as race rhizophorae, but variation not constant. Monotypic.


W & E Mexico (S from C Sonora, SE San Luis Potosí and S Tamaulipas) S to Panama (E to E Colón, Darién and Emberá).

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 10–16 g. Has white line above lores, glossy blue-green crown to back, white rump, browner tail-coverts; wings black, white tips of tertials, inner... read more


Song is a soft trilling; also chirping calls “chiri-chrit”, “chrit”,... read more


Often found along coastal beaches and in mangroves; also inland over lowland waterbodies, such as... read more

Food and feeding

Two adult stomachs contained Hymenoptera (mainly flying ants), beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera) and flies (Diptera). Nestling diet in... read more


Mar/Apr–Jun/Jul in Mexico and N Central America, Jan–Jul in Panama, laying not synchronous within a population; two broods... read more


Apparently mainly resident; forms small flocks after breeding, sometimes hundreds near roosts.... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally common or fairly common; rarer inland than on coast. Numbers thought to have declined in some areas, such as El Salvador, perhaps because... read more

Recommended citation

Turner, A. (2020). Mangrove Swallow (Tachycineta albilinea). 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 on 25 February 2020).