Brown-chested Martin (Progne tapera) - HBW 9, p. 657
French: Hirondelle tapère
Spanish: Golondrina Parda
Taxonomy: Hirundo Tapera Linnaeus, 1766, America = eastern Brazil (possibly Pernambuco).
Has been placed in a separate genus Phaeoprogne because of lack of blue in plumage, similarity of sexes, slender bill, weaker feet, less deeply forked tail and greater feathering on tarsus; DNA-DNA hybridization and cytochrome b data, however, indicate close relationship with present genus. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- tapera (Linnaeus, 1766) - N South America from Caribbean coast and Trinidad S, E of Andes, to Amazonian & NE Brazil, also W of Andes in SW Ecuador (S from Guayas) and NW Peru (Tumbes).
- fusca (Vieillot, 1817) - breeds SE Bolivia and S & E Brazil S to C Argentina (Mendoza, La Pampa, Buenos Aires) and Uruguay; migrates N to N South America and Panama.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 32 videos
Two birds on a wire, preening their plumage after a hard day's work. Locality Apoera, Sipaliwini District, Suriname (ssp tapera)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 4 May 2011 1 year ago 31 sec 3.5
Two preening birds on a wire, perched left and right of a Grey-breasted Martin, in a communal roost (several martin species can Locality Apoera, Sipaliwini District, Suriname (ssp tapera)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 4 May 2011 1 year ago 33 sec 3.5
A bird preening on a wire Locality Unare Lagoon, Anzoátegui State, Venezuela (ssp fusca)
DAVID ASCANIO 31 August 2003 5 years ago 1 sec 3.5
A bird shaking its plumage and scratching Locality Unare Lagoon, Anzoátegui State, Venezuela (ssp fusca)
DAVID ASCANIO 31 August 2003 5 years ago 28 sec 3.5
A juvenile on a branch, shaking the plumage and rubbing the bill Locality Trinidad, Beni Department, Bolivia (ssp fusca)
Josep del Hoyo 6 September 2005 6 years ago 26 sec 3.5
A bird perched on a wire Locality Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil (ssp fusca)
Keith Blomerley 11 September 2005 6 years ago 21 sec 3.4
PhotosSee all 16 photos
Two birds on a wire.
Locality Paipa, Boyacá Department, Colombia (ssp tapera)
mauricio rueda 14 October 2007 4 years ago 3
Close up of a bird.
Locality Santa Marta, Magdalena Department, Colombia
mauricio rueda 25 February 2008 4 years ago 3
On a wire
oleicfrisbee 1 year ago 2.8
Seven birds on a wire.
Locality Falcón State, Venezuela (ssp fusca)
philgunson 22 May 2010 2 years ago 2.8
Song. Locality Transpantaneira Road, Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Jeremy Minns 18 September 2000 3 years ago 4
Bird perched on a tree near the road and singing. Locality Transpantaneira Road, Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil
Antonio Silveira 9 August 1999 44 weeks ago 3.5
Flight call. Locality Fazenda Praia Alta, Tocantins State, Brazil
Josep del Hoyo 2 August 2011 1 year ago 3
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Two birds perched on wire light near a road. Locality San Carlos, Maldonado Department, Uruguay
Antonio Silveira 19 February 2013 12 weeks ago 0
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Two birds perched on line of light and singing.In a farm. Locality São Paulo State, Brazil
Antonio Silveira 7 August 2005 40 weeks ago 0