Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Least Concern

Tumbes Swallow (Tachycineta stolzmanni)


French: Hirondelle de Stolzmann German: Tumbesschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina de Tumbes

Hirundo Stolzmanni

R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede]

, 1902,

Chepén, La Libertad, Peru


Long considered conspecific with T. albilinea, but differs in nest structure, flight call and morphology, and recent cytochrome b data also support treatment as separate species. Monotypic.


Coast of SW Ecuador (Loja) and NW Peru (S to La Libertad).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 11–12 g. Has glossy blue-green forehead to back, sometimes very thin pale supraloral streak (often absent); rump white, dusky shaft streaks on uppertail-coverts... read more


A buzzy “dzeet” call has been recorded.


Open, low-lying country: semi-arid areas with acacia (Acacia) or mesquite (Prosopis... read more

Food and feeding

In samples of food brought to nestlings (7 boluses) c. 52% Diptera, 14% Coleoptera, 11% Hymenoptera, 6% Araneae, and 8% Hemiptera.


In a study using nestboxes, during a particularly dry season, 37 nesting attempts were recorded in Dec–May, most laying taking place... read more


Probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to fairly common, but with small range. A poorly known species.

Recommended citation

Turner, A. & de Juana, E. (2020). Tumbes Swallow (Tachycineta stolzmanni). 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 22 February 2020).