Family Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Least Concern

White-winged Swallow (Tachycineta albiventer)


French: Hirondelle à ailes blanches German: Cayenneschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina aliblanca

Hirundo albiventer


, 1783,

Cayenne, French Guiana


Sister to T. albilinea (which see). Monotypic.


N & C South America (except Pacific coast) from Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad and the Guianas S to N Argentina, Paraguay and SE Brazil. Breeding visitor in S.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 14–17 g. Male has forehead to back glossy blue-green, rump white; wings black, large white wing patch formed by white edges of greater wing-coverts, tertials and... read more


Song is a soft gurgling; also a “wrreeeet” and an alarm call.


Open, lowland areas near water, such as mangroves, coastal beaches, rivers, lakes, reservoirs,... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes flies (Diptera), Hymenoptera, beetles (Coleoptera), Lepidoptera. Feeds alone, sometimes in small groups, low over water or... read more


Apr–Aug in Trinidad, Feb–Apr in Venezuela; Sept–Apr in S. Solitary, and aggressive to intruders; sometimes in loose... read more


Resident in N; in S a breeding visitor mid-Sept to mid-Apr, probably migrating to N of range.... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally common and widespread throughout range.

Recommended citation

Turner, A. (2020). White-winged Swallow (Tachycineta albiventer). 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 19 February 2020).