Tawny-headed Swallow (Alopochelidon fucata)

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

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southern Brazil

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southern Brazil

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southern Brazil

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southern Brazil


Identification & Behavior: ~12 cm (4.7 in). The Tawny-headed Swallow has brown upperparts. The head and breast are rufous-tawny. The rest of the underparts including the undertail coverts are white. The tail is nearly square. It forages over pastures, agricultural fields, and marshes. It is similar to the Southern Rough-winged Swallow but is distinguished by having the rump concolor with the back, and tawny head and breast.

Status: The Tawny-headed Swallow is a rare Austral migrant expected in extreme southeast Peru during the months of April through October. It is known in Peru from only and a handful of sightings in Madre de Dios. The Tawny-headed Swallow also occurs in Co, Br, Bo, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Golondrina de Cabeza Leonada.

Sub-species: Tawny-headed Swallow (Alopochelidon fucata), (Temminck), 1822.

Meaning of Name: Alopochelidon: Gr. alopos= fox-like (in reference is to the color of the head) and khelidon, khelidonos= swallow. fucata: L. fucatus, fucare= painted, to paint red.

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Distribution Map
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References:

    • 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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2016.