Bahama Swallow

Tachycineta cyaneoviridis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Swallows (Hirundinidae)

Code 4

BAHS

Code 6

TACCYA

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

3



Incubation Days:

13 - 16



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

In trees, stumps, or under eaves on buildings.



Nest Material:

Lined with finer materials., Grass, leaves.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Bahama Swallow: Medium-sized swallow with dark blue-green upperparts and cap extending below eye, steel-blue wings, white underparts, and deeply forked tail. Female is duller and smaller. Juvenile has brown upperparts.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Bahama Swallow: Three white eggs are laid in a nest made of grass and leaves, lined with finer materials, and built in a tree, stump, or under a building eave. Incubation ranges from 13 to 16 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Bahama Swallow: Feeds on flying insects caught on the wing, primarily in or around piney woods.

Vocalization

Bahama Swallow: Song is a quiet, metallic, and twittering "chep" or "chi-chep."

Similar Species

Bahama Swallow: Tree Swallow lacks white underwing linings and deeply forked tail.

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X