Bahama Swallow

Tachycineta cyaneoviridis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Swallows (Hirundinidae)

Code 4

BAHS

Code 6

TACCYA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Endangered

The Bahama Swallow has a very small breeding range of just 8,100 square kilometers. It mostly breeds in mature pine forest near open areas on a few islands in the northern Bahama Islands, and also winters in other parts of this nation. This species has also occurred as a vagrant in southern Florida during migration. The Bahama Swallow is threatened by habitat loss, especially any cutting of mature trees needed for nesting, and competition with House Sparrows and Starlings over tree cavities required for nesting. Because of these threats and a small estimated population of 1000-2499 mature individuals, this species has a conservation rating of Endangered.

SUMMARY

Overview

Bahama Swallow: Medium-sized swallow with dark blue-green upperparts and cap extending below eye, and steel-blue wings, white chin, throat and underparts, and deeply forked tail. The bill, legs and feet are black. Swift, graceful flight, alternating rapid wing beats with long glides.


Range and Habitat

Bahama Swallow: This species is casually found in the Florida Keys and southern Florida mainland; it occurs in the northern Bahamas during the summer, but ranges throughout the Bahamas and eastern Cuba at other times of the year. Its preferred habitats include islands with pine trees, where they breed.

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Bahama Swallow SONGS AND CALLS

Bahama Swallow WW1

Call is a repeated, metallic "chi-chep" or "chep".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"chep", "chi-chep"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Bahama Swallow is found in eastern Cuba and throughout the Bahamas, but only breeds in pine forests on four islands in the northern Bahamas; Andros, Grand Bahama, Abaco, and New Providence.
  • The near threatened status of this poorly known species stems from the limited extent of pine forest breeding habitat, a history of logging in that habitat, and potential competition from exotic secondary cavity-nesters.
  • They are the most restricted geographically and possibly have the smallest population size of any Tachycineta species.
  • A group of swallows has many collective nouns, including a "gulp", "herd", "kettle", "richness", and "sord" of swallows.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Samira Belous

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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

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The area of the face just below the bill.
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