Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Least Concern

Pale-footed Swallow (Orochelidon flavipes)


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

Pygochelidon flavipes


, 1922,

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


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


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... read more


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 22 February 2020).