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Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Hirundinidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Ashley A. Dayer

Diet and Foraging


Adults prefer Hymenoptera (71% of diet), especially winged ants and parasitic species, while they also eat small flies in the nonbreeding season (37% in that season) and a few beetles, plant bugs, and moths (Turner and Rose 1989).  Nestlings receive a larger variety of prey and generally larger prey items (Turner 1983).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Dayer, A. A. (2010). Blue-and-white Swallow (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.