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Tachycineta meyeni

Chilean Swallow

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Hirundinidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Marion, Jonah Seth

Tachycineta meyeni

Mantagua, Chile; 24 May 2008 © Pablo Caceres Contreras

Not much is known about the Chilean Swallow. Even the name of the species remain uncertain; long known as Tachycineta leucopyga, it has gone by the name Tachycineta meyeni in recent years, but the name leucopyga may yet return (see Systematics).  The Chilean Swallow is an insectivorous bird, white below and blue above with a white rump, roughly 13.5 cm in length. This is one of the most southerly swallows in the New World, breeding only in southern Chile and Argentina.

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:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Austral Migrant
  • Primary Habitat:Southern temperate grassland
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  • Sociality:Single-Species Flocks
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  • Nest Form:Cavity
  • Clutch: 4 - 6
  • IUCN Status:Unknown