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Tachycineta meyeni

Chilean Swallow

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Hirundinidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Marion, Jonah Seth

Distribution

The Americas

Breeding range restricted to southern South America, from Atacama, Chile in the west to Rio Negro, Argentina in the east (possibly even further north than this).  The southern limit extends to the tip of South America, in Tierra del Fuego.

Individuals residing in the northern part of this range are year-round residents, but birds in the southern part of this range migrate north in winter.  The nonbreeding distribution is poorly known, but extends to northern Argentina, extreme southern Brazil, and Uruguay. It is at least a vagrant to Bolivia, and perhaps is a regular migrant there (Turner and Rose 1989).

Outside the Americas

This species is restricted to the New World, and therefore is not found outside the Americas.

Habitat

Tends to be found in open, or patchy areas near bodies of water, although it occasionally is found over dry slopes and steppes.  It is also found near forest edges, clearings, scrub, coastal forest, open forest and woodlands.  In addition, it often occurs near towns and villages (Turner and Rose 1989, Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

Unknown.

Recommended Citation

Marion, Jonah Seth. 2010. Chilean Swallow (Tachycineta meyeni), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=523276

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.