White banded Swallow (Atticora fasciata)

White-banded Swallow

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Hirundinidae | [latin] Atticora fasciata | [UK] White-banded Swallow | [FR] Hirondelle a ceinture blanche | [DE] Weissbandschwalbe | [ES] Golondrina Fajiblanca | [IT] Rondine fasciata | [NL] Witbandzwaluw


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

A glossy deep all blue-black bird with a deep forked tail. Only on the chest there is a broad white band and on the thighs some white feathers.

Listen to the sound of White-banded Swallow

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broods: 1   eggs min.: 4  
      eggs max.: 5  


It breeds from Nicaragua south throughout South America, except in the deserts and the Amazon Basin. The southern race is migratory, wintering as far north as Trinidad, where it is a regular visitor.


The White-banded Swallow is distributed throughout the Amazon and Orinoco Basins where it is found along streams and rivers bordered by forest. It is usually associated with clear or black water rivers. It is common in open and semi-open areas and generally abundant in cities and agricultural regions. Routinely observed in large flocks, it usually perches on telephone or electrical wires.


It usually breeds in small colonies, digging holes in ravines. Clutch size is 4-5 eggs.

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 6,500,000 km

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