White thighed Swallow (Neochelidon tibialis)

White-thighed Swallow

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Hirundinidae | [latin] Neochelidon tibialis | [UK] White-thighed Swallow | [FR] Hirondelle a cuisses blanches | [DE] Zwergschwalbe | [ES] Golondrina Patiblanca | [IT] Rondine dai calzoni bianchi | [NL] Witflankzwaluw


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Stelgidopteryx tibialis
Neochelidon tibialis LA Panama to w Ecuador, w Amazonia
Neochelidon tibialis griseiventris
Neochelidon tibialis minima
Neochelidon tibialis tibialis

Physical charateristics

Adult plumage is brownish-black with a green gloss. Rump grey-brown, wings and tail brownish-black. Underparts, undertail coverts brownish-black with a tuft of white feathers on lower leg. Sexes are alike.

Listen to the sound of White-thighed Swallow

[audio:http://www.aviflevoland.nl/sounddb/W/White-thighed Swallow.mp3]

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It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. Usually forest clearings and edge, river forest and semi open country with scattered trees.


Builds nest of dry grass in hole or cavity in tree or bank. No further data.

Feeding habits

Forages by flying in circles just above water or ground to catch insects. Does not associate wth other swallows. Will also glean insects from leafs in bad weather like heavy rain.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 4,200,000 km

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