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Golden Swallow

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ssp sclateriPhoto by caribemotionSierra de Bahoruco, Dominican Republic
ssp sclateri
Photo by caribemotion
Sierra de Bahoruco, Dominican Republic
Tachycineta euchrysea


[edit] Identification


  • Strongly iridescent bronzy green to coppery bronze above, often appearing golden
  • Dusky bronze-green wings and tail
  • Slightly forked tail
  • White underparts
  • Dusky underwing-coverts with bronze-green margins

Female similar but duller iwth some grey-brown mottling on breast. Juveniles are duller and browner.

[edit] Variations

Subspecies T. e. sclateri less golden, with longer wings, smaller bill and deeper tail fork

[edit] Distribution

Found on Jamaica and Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic).
Has a small and fragmented range and is very rare and local. Only few recent records from Jamaica.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are two subspecies[1]:

Sometimes placed in a separate genus Lamprochelidon or Kalochelidon.

[edit] Habitat

Humid montane forest and pine forest, also secondary forest. Forages also over open country and cultivation.
Occurs up to 2000m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They hawk (alone or in small groups) often low to the ground, for beetles and wasps.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding season June to July in Jamaica, also April in Haiti.
Nests often colonial. The nest is placed in a cavity like an old woodpecker hole, a dead pine tree, in a cave, among boulders in old mines or in buildings. Lays 2-4 eggs.

[edit] Movements

A resident species, may move to lower altitudes after breeding.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2004. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 9: Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334696
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2014)

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