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Orochelidon murina
Photo by erikat
Villa de Leyva, Boyaca, Colombia, August 1987



South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.


Formerly placed in Notiochelidon.


There are 3 subspecies:

  • O. m. murina :
  • O. m. meridensis:
  • Andes of western Venezuela (Mérida and Trujillo)
  • O. m. cyanodorsalis:
  • Cordillera of western Bolivia and possibly adjacent Peru (Puno)


Paramo, high altitude shrubland, grassland and pastures.



The diet includes insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. SACC proposal to rearrange taxonomy of South American Swallows
  4. Wikipedia

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