Black collared Swallow (Atticora melanoleuca)

Black-collared Swallow

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Hirundinidae | [latin] Atticora melanoleuca | [UK] Black-collared Swallow | [FR] Hirondelle des torrents | [DE] Halsbandschwalbe | [ES] Golondrina Acollarada | [IT] Rondine dal collare | [NL] Zwartkraagzwaluw


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Neochelidon melanoleuca
Atticora melanoleuca SA se Amazonia

Physical charateristics

It is glossy blue-black above and white below with a narrow black band across the chest (which, at times can be hard to see). It has a long and deeply forked tail.

Listen to the sound of Black-collared Swallow

[audio: Swallow.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Suriname, and Venezuela.


It is usually found along blackwater rivers where there are rapids or boulders and where the blackflies that they feed on congregate. It prefers to live by riverbanks, creeks and waterfalls. It perches on rocks in the middle of river rapids.


Builds nest in a hole or cavity in rock formations. Sometimes in loose colonies. It is made of dry grass and line with grass. Clutch 3 eggs no further data.

Feeding habits

Forages only or in groups hunting insects low above water and on occasion above forest canopy.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 2,100,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Black-collared Swallow status Least Concern


Probably resident with some local movement in Venezuela

Distribution map

Black-collared Swallow range map


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