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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