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Chestnut-collared Swallow Petrochelidon rufocollaris

I. S. Malekan
Version: 1.0 — Published June 23, 2010

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The Chestnut-collared Swallow (Petrochelidon rufocollaris) resides over open country and around towns in southwestern Ecuador and western Peru. It is distinguishable from similar species by its deep rufous-chestnut collar and forehead. Two subspecies are recognized: P. r. rufocollaris, in the Peruvian portion of the range of the species, and P. r. aequatorialis in Ecuador. Chestnut-collared Swallows are gregarious; they feed on aerial insects in flocks and are colonial breeders. During the breeding season (January-August), they construct enclosed mud nests on cliffs or under building eaves. The Chestnut-collared Swallow is not threatened. In Ecuador the species is thought to have increased because of its novel appearance in urban sites.

Distribution of the Chestnut-collared Swallow - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Chestnut-collared Swallow

Recommended Citation

Malekan, I. S. (2010). Chestnut-collared Swallow (Petrochelidon rufocollaris), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.chcswa2.01