Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Critically Endangered

White-eyed River Martin (Eurochelidon sirintarae)


French: Pseudolangrayen d’Asie German: Weißaugenschwalbe Spanish: Avión ribereño asiático

Pseudochelidon sirintarae


, 1968,

Bung Boraphet (or its immediate vicinity), central Thailand




Breeding range unknown, possibly along rivers in Myanmar, S China, N or C Thailand or Laos; C Thailand in non-breeding season (not seen for several decades).

Descriptive notes

15 cm. Plumage is mostly black with green sheen; rump silvery white, wings black; tail black with green gloss, central feathers greatly elongated; underwing-coverts light... read more


Nothing recorded.


Recorded as roosting with other hirundinids in reedbeds. May breed along forested rivers, as P... read more

Food and feeding

Unknown. One specimen had a large beetle in its stomach. Flight reported as buoyant.


Unknown. If breeding on rivers in Thailand, season probably Mar–Apr, when water levels low, but immatures collected late Jan to early... read more


Known only as non-breeding visitor in Nov–Feb to Bung Boraphet, in C Thailand.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. CITES I. Possibly extinct. First discovered in 1968, near L Bung Boraphet. Known from twelve specimens collected from roosts, but over 100 said to have... read more

Recommended citation

Turner, A., de Juana, E. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). White-eyed River Martin (Eurochelidon sirintarae). 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 26 February 2020).