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Tawny-headed Swallow Alopochelidon fucata

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Hirundinidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Sophia Catherine Orzechowski

The Tawny-headed Swallow, known in Spanish as Golondrina Cabeza Rojiza, has a distinctive tawny reddish-brown colored forehead. It is found in open habitats near marshes, ponds, rivers, or streams. Tawny-headed Swallows are local in Venezuela, and have a more extensive distribution in central Bolivia and southern Brazil, south to northern Argentina. It tends to be a solitary species, and usually forages in pairs or in small groups that associate little with other swallow species. This species forages for insects during flight and flies close to the ground while swooping frequently. Breeding pairs of Tawny-headed Swallows nest alone or in small scattered groups, with nest usually in holes along river banks.


© Alejandro Gutierrez Marquez

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

Recommended Citation

Orzechowski, S. C. (2010). Tawny-headed Swallow (Alopochelidon fucata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.