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Tachycineta meyeni

Chilean Swallow

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Hirundinidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Marion, Jonah Seth

Life History


Insectivorous. Diet includes beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), ants (Formicidae: Hymenoptera), reduviid bugs (Reduviidae: Heteroptera), and other flying insects (Zotta 1936, Zotta 1940).


Fly fast and low to the ground (or water's surface) (Turner and Rose 1989).


No information.

Sexual Behavior

No information.

Social and interspecific behavior

May occur in large flocks in the non-breeding season (Ridgely and Tudor 1989).


No information.


The nest is in a cavity, which may be natural, such as cavities in trees (Reynolds 1934), or in human habitations, such as under the eaves of a building (Johnson 1967). The nest is made of mud (Johnson 1967). The clutch consists of four to six white, unmarked eggs (Johnson 1967). The dimensions of the eggs are 19.9 (± 0.13) x 13.6 (± 0.05) mm (Johnson 1967); 20.x x 13.8 (range 17.8-21 x 13-14.3 mm), mass 2.03 g (Turner and Rose 1989).

In Chile two and sometimes three broods are raised per year; the breeding season commences in September or early October, with the second clutch in December, and "not unfrequently" a third clutch in February (Johnson 1967).

Populations and Demography

There is no information related to topics such age at first breeding, life span and survivorship, dispersal, or population regulation.

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: