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Photo by Luiz
Teles Pire, Mato Grosso, Brazil, September 2014
Pygochelidon melanoleuca

Atticora melanoleuca


14 cm

  • Tail long and deeply forked
  • Shiny blue-black above
  • White throat, chest and belly
  • Narrow black band separating chest and throat (brown in juvenile, which however has a deeper forked tail than Bank Swallow)
  • Black vent-area (brown in juvenile)
  • Underside of wings medium brown (coverts) or pale brown (flight feathers)


Photo by Arthur Grosset
São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil, August 2004

South America: found in Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and southern Venezuela.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Placed in genus Atticora by Gill and Donsker.


Near rivers with rapids and boulders.


They often form large flocks on boulders in blackwater rivers.


The diet includes blackflies, beetles ants and wasps.


It nests in rock crevices. The nest is formed from dry grass. Little else is known.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  3. SACC proposal to change the genus of some swallows
  4. Arthur Grosset
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2015)

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