Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Vulnerable

Peruvian Martin (Progne murphyi)


Taxonomy

French: Hirondelle de Murphy German: Peruschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina peruana
Taxonomy:

Progne murphyi

Chapman

, 1925,

near Talara, coast of north-west Peru

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Has sometimes been treated as a race of P. modesta. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Coastal W Peru and extreme N Chile (Arica), also Chao I and Corcovado I (C Peru)#R.

Descriptive notes

17 cm. Male is dark steel-blue, wings and tail blacker, tail slightly forked; sometimes suggestion of white patch on sides. Distinguished from extremely similar P. subis... read more

Voice

Not recorded; probably similar to congeners.

Habitat

Open and semi-open areas, including coastal cliffs, grassland, woodland, farmland and human... read more

Food and feeding

Details of diet not documented; probably similar to that of congeners. Frequently glides; flight often slow.

Breeding

Poorly known. Nest in hole in cliff, tree or building. Probable nest sites (roost 'refuges' occupied by pairs and juveniles)... read more

Movements

Possibly local post-breeding movements, as numbers in S Peru increase in Jan–Apr.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Uncommon or rare and local within small range. Regular in Lluta and Azapa Valleys, Arica, in Chile. Two known colonies on offshore islands of Chao and Corcovado,... read more

Recommended citation

Turner, A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Peruvian Martin (Progne murphyi). 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/57715 on 19 February 2019).