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Blue-and-white Swallow Pygochelidon cyanoleuca

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Its song is a thin, long trill, which is given often in flight.  Stiles and Skutch (1989) describe the trill as "beginning with a gurgling sputter, dzzhreeeee" and ending with a slide upward.  Low harsh notes express alarm (Stiles and Skutch 1989). Members of a pair utter chirp-like one to two syllable contact calls (Turner and Rose 1989).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.