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Black-capped Swallow Atticora pileata

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Hirundinidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, and Thomas S. Schulenberg


Geographic Variation

Atticora pileata is monotypic.

Related Species

Described as Atticora pileata Gould 1858; type locality Guatemala.

Although described originally in the genus Atticora, pileata was classified by many subsequent authors in the genus Notiochelidon (e.g. Ridgway 1904, Hellmayr 1935, Peters 1960, AOU 1983, 1998). Phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequence data, from both nuclear and mitochondrial genes, reveals that instead pileata is a member of Atticora (Sheldon et al. 2005). Pileata is sister to Atticora tibialis (White-thighed Swallow), and the type species of Atticora, Atticora fasciata (White-banded Swallow), is basal to the pileata/tibialis pair (Sheldon et al. 2005). These three species are part of the group of "core martins", which contains all endemic New World hirundinines (members of the subfamily Hirundininae) as well as some hirundinines distributed elsewhere. The "core martins" are the sister clade to the group of Hirundo and allies; the remaining hirundinines, the African sawwings, are sister to the "core martins" + Hirundo and allies (Sheldon and Winkler 1993, Sheldon et al. 2005).

Recommended Citation

Rodríguez-Flores, C. I., C. A. Soberanes-González, M. d. C. Arizmendi, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Black-capped Swallow (Atticora pileata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.