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Orochelidon flavipes

Pale-footed Swallow

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Hirundinidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Tom Johnson

Orochelidon flavipes

Colombia; 8 September 2005 © Fundación ProAves

Pale-footed Swallow is an aerial insectivore of montane forests in the northern Andes. This small swallow is dark glossy blue above and white below with a cinnamon pink throat, black flanks, and dark blue undertail. It is rather similar in appearance to the Blue-and-white Swallow (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca), which also dark blue upperparts and is white below; Blue-and-white Swallow is larger, however, with a white throat and different vocalizations, and usually occurs in more open habitats. Pale-footed Swallow is typically restricted to temperate forest from 2400-3000 m, locally on the east slope of the Andes from Venezuela south to Bolivia. Although Pale-footed Swallow has a wide distribution, its biology is not well known.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Tom Johnson. 2012. Pale-footed Swallow (Orochelidon flavipes), 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:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Aerial
  • Foraging Behavior:Screen
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Single-Species Flocks
  • Mating System:---
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern