Mangrove Swallow

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Common Name: Mangrove Swallow
Scientific Name: Tachycineta albilinea

Size: 5 inches (13 cm)

Habitat: Central America; coastal regions from Mexico through Central America to Panama. It is non-migratory, but may make seasonal movements. Found in Mangrove Swamps.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 500,000 – 4,999,999 mature individuals.

Diet: Flying insects; including dragonflies and bees.

Nesting: The Mangrove Swallow’s bulky cup nest is built in natural or artificial cavities near water, usually below 2 m in height. Sites include tree holes and crevices in rock or bridges. The clutch is three to five white eggs which hatch in 17 days. The nestlings are fed by both parents for 23-27 days to fledging. Like the related Tree Swallow, this species is very aggressive to other hirundines when breeding, and nests are several hundred meters apart.

Cool Facts: There is a swallow in coastal Peru that resembles the Mangrove Swallow, but lacks the white head stripe. It is possibly a subspecies, but the geographical separation suggests that this little known form is a distinct species.

The flight of the Mangrove Swallow is typically direct and low over the water. It frequently perches. Its call is a rolled jeerrrt.

Found in Songbird ReMix Yucatan

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