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Pale-footed Swallow Orochelidon flavipes

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Hirundinidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg and Tom Johnson

Pale-footed Swallow is an aerial insectivore of montane forests in the northern Andes. This small swallow is dark glossy blue above and white below with a cinnamon pink throat, black flanks, and dark blue undertail. It is rather similar in appearance to the Blue-and-white Swallow (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca), which also dark blue upperparts and is white below; Blue-and-white Swallow is larger, however, with a white throat and different vocalizations, and usually occurs in more open habitats. Pale-footed Swallow is typically restricted to temperate forest from 2400-3000 m, locally on the east slope of the Andes from Venezuela south to Bolivia. Although Pale-footed Swallow has a wide distribution, its biology is not well known.


© Andrew Spencer

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

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and T. Johnson (2012). Pale-footed Swallow (Orochelidon flavipes), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.