French: Hirondelle gracieuse German: Blauschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina sureña
S. F. Baird
Río Bermejo, Argentina
S Bolivia (S from C Cochabamba and W Santa Cruz) and much of Argentina (generally S to Santa Cruz); migrates N to W Amazonia (possibly farther N to Suriname#R).
17 cm. Male is dark glossy steel-blue, wings and tail blacker, tail deeply forked. Differs from extremely similar P. subis in slightly longer and more deeply forked... read more
Song is a short gurgle; also makes a harsh contact call and an alarm call.
Open and semi-open areas, including grassland, woodland, scrub, forest and human habitations;... read more
Food and feeding
Diet known to include Lepidoptera, Odonata and Hymenoptera. Feeds alone or in small groups, both high up and low over ground. Frequently... read more
Probably Oct–Feb/Mar. Nest of grass stems and twigs, with a few feathers, placed in hole in cliff, tree or wall or in roof of house;... read more
Migratory, absent from breeding range mainly Apr–Oct. Forms large post-breeding flocks;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common, especially around towns and cultivated areas.
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