Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Hirundinidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Costa Rica

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Costa Rica

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Huacarpay, Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Identification & Behavior: ~12 cm (4.7 in). The Bank Swallow has gray-brown upperparts with a lightly forked tail. The underparts are white white with a conspicuous brown band across the breast and short stripe down the middle of the breast. The vent and undertail coverts are white. It forages over a variety of habitats and elevations mostly high above the ground. It is similar to a Blue and White Swallow but is distinguished by having brown upperparts, and conspicuous brown band across the breast. Also, see the much larger fusca sub-species of Brown-chested Martin.

Status: The Bank Swallow is and uncommon Boreal migrant to most of Peru. It appears to move during migration and continue to move from region to region during the months of August to April. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Golondrina Ribereña.

Sub-species: Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia riparia), (Linnaeus), 1758.

Meaning of Name: Riparia: L. ripa= river-bank; riparius= bank-nesting.
riparia: L. ripa= river-bank; riparius= bank-nesting.

See more of the Family Hirundinidae peru aves

Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.