Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)


Sinaloa Martin (Progne sinaloae)


French: Hirondelle du Sinaloa German: Sinaloaschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina sinaloense
Other common names: White-bellied Martin

Progne sinaloae


, 1898,

Plomosas, Sinaloa, Mexico


Has been considered a race of P. subis or of P. dominicensis (see both). Genetic data#R, however, suggest that it is sister to P. chalybea, and they have been known to hybridize. Monotypic.


W Mexico (NE Sonora and NW Chihuahua S to Jalisco, Michoacán and Guerrero); non-breeding range uncertain, probably in South America.

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm. Male is mostly glossy steel-blue; wings and tail blacker, tail forked; lower breast, abdomen and undertail-coverts white, indistinct dark shaft streaks on... read more


Calls not described; probably similar to those of congeners.


Pine (Pinus) forest and mixed forest of pine and oak (Quercus), also semi-open... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; probably similar to that of congeners. Flight alternately gliding and flapping.


Poorly known. Present on breeding grounds Mar–Aug. Seen in small groups. Nest in hole, probably mainly in trees. No information on... read more


Migratory. Migrants recorded on Pacific coast of Mexico and in Guatemala; non-breeding quarters... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. So poorly know that its conservation status was Data Deficient until 2012; uplisted to Vulnerable because better knowledge suggests that the total population is... read more

Recommended citation

Turner, A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Sinaloa Martin (Progne sinaloae). 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 19 February 2020).