Swallow Tanager (Tersina viridis) - HBW 16, p. 242
French: Tersine hirondelle
Spanish: Tangara Golondrina
Taxonomy: Hirundo viridis Illiger, 1811, Sandwich Island; error = eastern Brazil.
This species has in the past been placed in its own family, Tersinidae, and in a subfamily Tersininae of present family. Molecular-genetic data indicate that it is embedded within present family, and forms a monophyletic group with Dacnis and Cyanerpes; all three genera have sexually dimorphic plumage, but present genus differs in broad flat bill, skeletal elements of palate and tongue, long wing, hole-nesting behaviour, and migratory habits. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- grisescens Griscom, 1929 - Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
- occidentalis (P. L. Sclater, 1855) - E Panama (Darién), Colombia (except Santa Marta Mts), N Venezuela, Trinidad, the Guianas, W & E Ecuador, N & E Peru, N & W Brazil, NW & E Bolivia (except extreme SE) and NW Argentina.
- viridis (Illiger, 1811) - E & S Brazil (from Pernambuco, Bahia, Goiás and S Mato Grosso S to Rio Grande do Sul), NE Bolivia, Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 15 videos
a male close to the nest near Rancho Grande biological station Locality Henri Pittier National Park, Aragua State, Venezuela
DAVID ASCANIO 17 May 2010 2 years ago 32 sec 4.8
Male and females, feeding on fruiting trees which were popular with other species. Locality Guapi Açu Ecological Reserve (REGUA), Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil (ssp "viridis" presumably)
Ron Jackson 6 June 2012 42 weeks ago 54 sec 4.6
A male high in a tree and flying away Locality Rio Roosevelt, Amazonas State, Brazil (ssp occidentalis)
Josep del Hoyo 12 July 2007 5 years ago 19 sec 4.3
A male perching low in the forest of Iguazu. Locality Misiones Province, Argentina
German Pugnali 17 October 2006 4 years ago 17 sec 4.2
bird on a branch Locality Septimo Paraiso, Mindo Valley, Pichincha Province, Ecuador
Keith and Lynn Youngs 8 November 2006 6 hours ago ADDED TODAY! 25 sec 4
A bird perched in a tree. Locality Alto Mayo Protection Forest, San Martín Department, Peru
Yoel Jimenez 29 November 2012 19 weeks ago 42 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 27 photos
A female collecting moss on a trunk.
Locality Lindóia, Amazonas State, Brazil (ssp viridis)
Geiser Pereira Trivelato 33 weeks ago 4.7
Locality Itariri, São Paulo State, Brazil (ssp viridis)
Lindolfo Souto 3 November 2012 28 weeks ago 4.6
A female perched in a tree.
Locality Alto Paraíso de Goiás, Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goiás State, Brazil (ssp viridis)
fermarin74 21 January 2013 16 weeks ago 4.3
Male adult sitting on branch.
Locality Mindo, Mindo Valley, Pichincha Province, Ecuador
David Weaver 26 November 2011 43 weeks ago 4.2
Male perched on a twig
Locality Tarapoto Tunnel, San Martín Department, Peru (ssp occidentalis)
Dubi Shapiro 18 February 2010 1 year ago 4.1
Male with a twig for the nest.
Locality Carmo, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil (ssp viridis)
Juan Carlos Marín 11 September 2009 4 years ago 4.1
An immature bird calling. Locality Estancia Apa Apa, La Paz Department, Bolivia
Josep del Hoyo 25 August 2005 20 weeks ago 4
calls of a pair while perched Locality Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, La Delicia, Pichincha Province, Ecuador
Dusan Brinkhuizen 10 December 2009 3 years ago 4