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Southern Rough-winged Swallow
(Redirected from Stelgidopteryx ruficollis ruficollis)
13 cm (5 in)
They have serrated edges to the outer primary feathers, hence the name "rough-winged".
The birds in Central America often give an impression of a rump of pale cinnamon color rather than the gray seen further south.
 Similar species
It is similar in appearance to the Northern Rough-winged Swallow which is more uniform in colour, particularly on the rump but also throat.
Four subspecies are recognized:
Open areas and forest clearings, especially near water. Generally below 1000 m.
They nest in cavities such as holes in banks or walls, or disused kingfisher and jacamar nests. These cavities are lined with grass for the clutch of 3-6 white eggs. They are incubated by the female for 16-18 days requiring another 13 days to fledging.
Their diet consists of insects such as flies, beetles, bugs and flying ants. They generally feed alone or in small groups.
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