Blue and White Swallow, Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

Blue and White Swallow, Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

URBAN BIRDS OF THE PARKS, GARDENS, AND SOURROUNDING AREAS OF LOJA CITY ECUADOR. BOOK  WITH 44 COMMON SPECIES. ILLUSTRATED BY PABLO ANDRADE. WORK SUPPORTED BY JAN HINLOOPEN

 

Blue and white Swallow, pygochelidon cyanoleuca

Blue and white swallow

Blue and white swallow

 

Distribution

Blue and White Swallow, Pygochelidon cyanoleuca.- Common and widespread in open and semiopen areas in highlands (but not in paramo); a few occur down into lowlands, in east only as an austral migrant (Apr – sept).  The most frequently seen swallow in built – up and agricultural areas in highlands.

Blue and White Swallow, Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

Description 

12 – 12, cm. Entirely glossy steel blue above and white below with obvious black crissum. Juvenile browner above, sometimes some dusky spotting on chest.  Austral migrants have black on crissum restricted to its sides.

 

Habits.

A familiar, tame, and conspicuous swallow, often seen perching on wires and fences. Nests, regularly in small colonies, in holes in banks and building.

Blue and White Swallow, Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

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