Brown-bellied Swallow Orochelidon murina

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Hirundinidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
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  • © Jean-Luc Baron

The Brown-bellied Swallow is of widespread distribution through the Andes, where it is generally fairly common from western Venezuela south to central Bolivia, and is principally found above 2500 m, usually in relatively open areas. It is a very dark swallow, with almost blackish upperparts (glossed blue-green), dark brown wings and tail, and sooty-gray underparts. Like many hirundines, the Brown-bellied Swallow is sometimes found in close association with other swallows, especially Blue-and-white Swallow (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca) and, more rarely, Pale-footed Swallow (Orochelidon flavipes), both of which species overlap extensively with the present species. Also in common with several other members of the family Hirundinidae, the generic assignment of this species has been revised in recent years on the basis of genetic research; previously, the Brown-bellied Swallow had usually been placed in the genus Notiochelidon or, less frequently, Atticora.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Brown-bellied Swallow (Orochelidon murina), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: