Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Least Concern

White-thighed Swallow (Atticora tibialis)


French: Hirondelle à cuisses blanches German: Weißhosenschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina patiblanca

Petrochelidon (?) tibialis


, 1853,

no locality = probably vicinity of Rio de Janeiro


Previously placed in Neochelidon (see Atticora), but DNA data#R indicate that it belongs with A. fasciata and A. pileata. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. t. minima (Chapman, 1924) – E Panama, W Colombia and W Ecuador (S to E Guayas).
  • A. t. griseiventris (Chapman, 1924) – S & SE Venezuela (Amazonas, SE Bolívar), E & S Colombia, E Ecuador, E Peru, W Brazil and N Bolivia, also Suriname and French Guiana#R.
  • A. t. tibialis (Cassin, 1853) – E Brazil (E Bahia, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, E São Paulo).
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; c. 10 g. Nominate race is brownish-black with slight green sheen above, rump grey-brown; wings and tail brownish-black, tail slightly forked; underparts, including... read more


    Calls include a soft “zeet-zeet” call recorded from foraging birds and “chit-it... read more


    Forest, forest clearings and edge, forested rivers, semi-open country with scattered trees, human... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet includes Hymenoptera, beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera). Forages in pairs or small groups, e.g. 4–8 seen near La Paz (... read more


    Poorly known. Evidence of breeding in Jan and Mar–May in Colombia, late Feb in SE Brazil, Sept in SE Ecuador, and Feb, Apr–Jun... read more


    Poorly known. Apparently resident in Panama and in Amazonia. May make some local movements; present... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon or locally fairly common; more common W of Andes; uncommon to rare, and local, in Venezuela. Limits of distribution not well known; perhaps... read more

    Recommended citation

    Turner, A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). White-thighed Swallow (Atticora tibialis). 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).