French: Barbacou à croupion blanc German: Schwalbenfaulvogel Spanish: Buco golondrina
Other common names: Swallow-wing
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. t. pallida
Cory, 1913 – NW Venezuela (Zulia)#R.
C. t. tenebrosa
(Pallas, 1782) – Venezuela (except NW), E Colombia and the Guianas S to E Ecuador, E Peru, Brazil (except SE) and N Bolivia.
C. t. brasiliensis
P. L. Sclater, 1862 – coastal SE Brazil.
14–15 cm; 30–41·5 g. Sooty-black overall with some bluish iridescence above; lower back to uppertail-coverts white; wings long and pointed, tertials large... read more
Twittering song often given in flight; calls include “tsi-tsi-tsi” and high clear... read more
Optimum breeding habitat appears to be open areas with sandy soils and scattered bushes surrounded... read more
Food and feeding
Takes relatively slow-moving, small to medium-sized flying insects, including Hymenoptera (Apidae, Meliponinae, Formicidae), Coleoptera (... read more
Jan–Jun and Nov in Venezuela; Jul–Dec and Mar–Apr in Surinam; Aug–Nov in French Guiana. Nest in oblique tunnel dug... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Best characterized in general as locally common, since it occurs patchily within its range, according to habitat availability. In Brazil, common in... read more
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