Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae (Swallows, Martins)  
Genus: Progne (4 species, 9 worldwide)

Genus Progne, Martins, are large swallows. Like swallows, they generally capture prey (insects) while flying.


Grey-breasted Martin
Grey-breasted Martin (Progne chalybea chalybea)
Rio Claro Canyon Reserve, Colombia  
   

Sometimes, but not always, seen in large or very large flocks.

Southern Martin
Southern Martin (Progne elegans)
Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia  
   

Austral migrant to west Amazon from April to October. Looks very similar to northern hemisphere Purple Martin. Seen in groups of hundreds if not thousands.
Additional photo.

Purple Martin
Purple Martin (Progne subis) Male
  A swallow-sized martin.
   
Photograph by JJ Cadiz, Cajay     Copyright and usage info

Purple Martin
Purple Martin (Progne subis subis) Immature
Florida City, Florida,
  A female or immature.
   


Brown-chested Martin
Brown-chested Martin (Progne tapera fusca)
Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil  
   

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