Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Least Concern

White-banded Swallow (Atticora fasciata)


French: Hirondelle à ceinture blanche German: Weißbandschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina fajiblanca

Hirundo fasciata

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

Cayenne, French Guiana


Size decreases clinally from N to S. Monotypic.


E Colombia, S & E Venezuela and the Guianas S to E Ecuador, E Peru, Amazonian Brazil (E to E Pará, S to Rondônia and C Mato Grosso) and Bolivia (S to Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 12–16 g. Plumage pattern and deeply forked tail distinctive. Is mostly glossy blue-black, except for broad white breastband, black wings and tail; white feathers... read more


A buzzy “bzrrrt” often uttered in flight.


Upper reaches of forested clear or black-water rivers; forages over water, in clearings, forest... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes flies (Diptera), hymenopterans including parasitic wasps, sawflies (Symphyta), ants and bees, also beetles (Coleoptera) and... read more


Poorly known. Evidence of breeding in Feb–Mar in Colombia, Dec in Surinam and Sept in Bolivia. Solitary or in loose groups. Nest of... read more


Probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon or locally common; common in Peru. Present in several protected areas, e.g. Podocarpus National Park (Ecuador), and Rio Cristalino... read more

Recommended citation

Turner, A. (2020). White-banded Swallow (Atticora fasciata). 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 24 February 2020).