Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Least Concern

Pale-footed Swallow (Orochelidon flavipes)


Taxonomy

French: Hirondelle de Chapman German: Blassfußschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina paticlara
Taxonomy:

Pygochelidon flavipes

Chapman

, 1922,

Maraynioc, 10,850 feet [c. 3300 m], Junín, Peru

.

Previously placed in Notiochelidon or sometimes in Pygochelidon, but see O. murina. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Andes in W Venezuela (Trujillo S to S Táchira), W Colombia, and on E slope from Ecuador S to C Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 8·8–12 g. Has crown and upperparts blackish with blue gloss; wings and tail blackish-brown, tail slightly forked; throat pale rufous, breast and abdomen white,... read more

Voice

Calls include a sharp “tszeet” and a trilled “tr-e-e-e-e-d”, unlike buzzy notes of Pygochelidon... read more

Habitat

Upper cloudforest and elfin forest, and forest edge. Mostly at 2400–3000 m, rarely down to... read more

Food and feeding

Diet unknown. Feeds in small groups, typically of 2–15 individuals, occasionally up to 50; hunts over forest, in clearings and along... read more

Breeding

Unknown. Males in breeding condition in Jul–Sept. May nest in hole in moss clump on tree or in road cutting. Male with brood patch... read more

Movements

Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon. Was thought to be rare, but recent records suggest that it may be widespread in Andes S to W Santa Cruz, in Bolivia, and possibly fairly... read more

Recommended citation

Turner, A. (2018). Pale-footed Swallow (Orochelidon flavipes). 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/57720 on 13 November 2018).