Chilean Swallow Tachycineta leucopyga

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Hirundinidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Marion, Jonah Seth

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.

Audio needed
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Marion, Jonah Seth. 2010. Chilean Swallow (Tachycineta leucopyga), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.