French: Hirondelle à gorge rousse German: Zimtkehlschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina gorjirrufa
Subspecies and Distribution
S. r. decolor
Griscom, 1929 – W Costa Rica and W Panama.
S. r. uropygialis
(Lawrence, 1863) – Caribbean lowlands S from E Honduras, Pacific lowlands of E Panama, W Colombia, Ecuador and NW Peru.
S. r. aequalis
Bangs, 1901 – N Colombia, W Venezuela and Trinidad.
S. r. ruficollis
(Vieillot, 1817) – SE Colombia, E Venezuela, the Guianas and Brazil S to E Peru, Bolivia, N & NE Argentina (S to Salta, Formosa, Entre Ríos and N Buenos Aires) and Uruguay. S populations migrate N.
13 cm; 14–18 g. Male nominate race is mainly dark grey-brown, slightly darker on crown than on back, slightly paler rump; wings and tail blackish-brown, stiff recurved... read more
Similar to S. ruficollis but lower-pitched and less harsh (uropygialis); calls... read more
Open country, particularly near water, also forest clearings, and along rivers. Usually below 1000... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera), heteropteran bugs, and flying ants and other Hymenoptera. Feeds alone or in small... read more
Mar/Apr–Jun in Central America and Trinidad, Feb–Jul in Colombia; single-brooded. Solitary or in small loose groups; aggressive... read more
Apparently resident in N, pairs staying near nest-site; migratory in S. Forms large flocks after... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common and widespread; sometimes sparse and local. Restricted to areas with natural nest-sites, as it does not often use artificial ones. read more
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