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Sinaloa Martin Progne sinaloae

Emerson D. Fang and Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published May 7, 2010


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Like other species of martin, the Sinaloa Martin's flight alternates between flapping and gliding (Turner 2004). Forages in flight, over forest (pine-oak woodlands) and open areas (pastures, orchards, along the edges of canyons and cliffs, and over ponds) (Russell and Monson 1998).

Like other swallows, not only forages in small flocks but loafs in groups as well. Russell and Monson (1998) observed a small group perched and preening in a dead tree; up to six were perched at one time, but "over a period of an hour they would exchange places with others in flight."


No information. Presumably breeds in small colonies.

Sexual Behavior

No information.

Social and interspecific behavior

Little information. At one site in Sonora, Russell and Monson (1998) reported observations of Sinaloa Martins foraging in groups of up to 15 individuals, "usually with swifts [species?] but sometimes with Barn Swallows [Hirundo rustica] or alone." Russell and Monson (1998) also mention an observation by J. Marshall, again in Sonora, of Sinaloa Martins foraging in association with Northern Rough-winged Swallows (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) along a cliff.


No information.  Russell and Monson (1998) observed a Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) displace two perched martins from a dead pine, but there is no indication that this was an attempt at predation.

Recommended Citation

Fang, E. D. and T. S. Schulenberg (2010). Sinaloa Martin (Progne sinaloae), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.sinmar1.01