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 25 videos
A male looking for food on the ground Locality Cana Field Station, Darién National Park, Darién Province, Panama (ssp occidentalis)
Eldert Groenewoud 9 May 2010 2 years ago 37 sec 4.6
A side and lateral view of a male bird perched. Locality Tarapoto Tunnel, Tarapoto, San Martín Department, Peru (ssp occidentalis)
Yoel Jimenez 4 December 2012 1 year ago 26 sec 4.5
a male close to the nest near Rancho Grande biological station Locality Henri Pittier National Park, Aragua State, Venezuela
DAVID ASCANIO 17 May 2010 5 years ago 32 sec 4.4
Females looking for food on the ground Locality Cana Field Station, Darién National Park, Darién Province, Panama (ssp occidentalis)
Eldert Groenewoud 9 May 2010 2 years ago 29 sec 4.4
A male high in a tree and flying away Locality Rio Roosevelt, Amazonas State, Brazil (ssp occidentalis)
Josep del Hoyo 12 July 2007 7 years ago 19 sec 4.3
male perching in Cecropia tree and tries to swallow a big fruit Locality Rancho Grande Biological Station, Rancho Grande Mountain, Maracay-Ocumare Road, Henri Pittier National Park, Aragua State, Venezuela (ssp occidentalis)
Thore Noernberg 16 April 2014 1 year ago 12 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 45 photos
Locality Itariri, São Paulo State, Brazil
Lindolfo Souto 3 November 2012 30 weeks ago 4.7
Locality Itariri, São Paulo State, Brazil (ssp viridis)
Lindolfo Souto 3 November 2012 2 years ago 4.6
A female collecting moss on a trunk.
Locality Lindóia, Amazonas State, Brazil (ssp viridis)
Geiser Pereira Trivelato 2 years ago 4.4
Male feeding female.
Locality Minas Gerais State, Brazil (ssp viridis)
Deusdete Braga de Pinho 15 September 2009 1 year ago 4.3
A female in the morning light
Locality Minca, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Magdalena Department, Colombia (ssp grisescens)
Frederic Pelsy 22 February 2014 1 year ago 4.3
Swallow Tanager lateral view
Locality La Azulita, Mérida State, Venezuela
Luis R Figueroa 24 March 2013 1 year ago 4.3
An immature bird calling. Locality Estancia Apa Apa, La Paz Department, Bolivia
Josep del Hoyo 25 August 2005 2 years ago 4
calls of a pair while perched Locality Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, La Delicia, Pichincha Province, Ecuador
Dusan M. Brinkhuizen 10 December 2009 5 years ago 4