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Photo © by juninho
Photo taken: Hotel Mato Grosso, Pixaim, Brazil
Progne tapera


Photo © by Stanley Jones
University Reserve, Buenos Aires, Argentina,
16 October 2019
  • Dull grey-brown upperparts
  • Whitish underparts with brown chest and center of breast
  • Dark crown
  • Dark eye and bill


Central and South America
Central America: Costa Rica and Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.

Accidental vagrant to the United States with two records (One in Cape May, New Jersey and one on Monomoy Island, Massachusetts).



Two subspecies are recognized:

Has been placed in the genus Phaeoprogne in the past.


Dry savanna, riparian woodland, seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland and moist forests.



Like other swallows, they catch insects on the wing in long, fast, swooping flights that may last for hours. Adaptations for this include short bills and a wide gape. Between forays they perch on wires or small tree limbs.


Swallow pairs are monogamous. The clutch consists of 4-5 white eggs.


They have very melodic and soft songs.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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