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Some swallows using old nests for roosting
Photo by Stanley Jones
Sozorango, Loja Province, Ecuador, November 2014
Petrochelidon rufocollaris

Includes Ecuadorian Swallow


12 cm

  • Chestnut forehead, hind-neck and breast-band
  • Glossy blue crown and back
  • Whitish streaked mantle
  • Chestnut rump


South America: found in Ecuador and Peru.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • P. r. aequatorialis:
  • Pacific lowland of southern Ecuador (Loja and Guayaquil)
  • P. r. rufocollaris:
  • Pacific lowland of northern and central Peru (south to Lima)

Aequatorialis is sometimes regarded as a full species Ecuadorian Swallow[2].


They are to be found around inhabited buildings, agricultural and urban areas. Observed at heights around 1,486 m.



Their diet consists of flying insects.


They nest communally.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2015)
  4. BF Member observations

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