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Bahama Swallow

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Cladus: Avemetatarsalia
Cladus: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauriformes
Cladus: Dracohors
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Eusaurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Cladus: Averostra
Cladus: Tetanurae
Cladus: Avetheropoda
Cladus: Coelurosauria
Cladus: Tyrannoraptora
Cladus: Maniraptoromorpha
Cladus: Maniraptoriformes
Cladus: Maniraptora
Cladus: Pennaraptora
Cladus: Paraves
Cladus: Eumaniraptora
Cladus: Avialae
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Cladus: Neoaves
Cladus: Telluraves
Cladus: Australaves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Infraordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Sylvioidea

Familia: Hirundinidae
Genus: Tachycineta
Species: Tachycineta cyaneoviridis

Tachycineta cyaneoviridis (H. Bryant, 1859)

Hirundo cyaneoviridis (protonym)


Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History 7: 111.
IUCN: Tachycineta cyaneoviridis (Endangered)

Vernacular names
български: Бахамска лястовица
Cebuano: Tachycineta cyaneoviridis
Cymraeg: Gwennol y Bahamas
English: Bahama Swallow
Esperanto: Bluverda hirundo
español: Golondrina de las Bahamas
فارسی: پرستوی باهاما
français: Hirondelle des Bahamas
magyar: Bahamai fecske
Nederlands: Bahamazwaluw
svenska: Bahamasvala

The Bahama swallow (Tachycineta cyaneoviridis) is a swallow found only in the Bahamas.


This glossy Tachycineta swallow has a green head and back, blue upper wings, a black tail and wingtips, and a white belly and chin.
Range and habitat

This swallow breeds only in pineyards on four islands in the northern Bahamas: Andros, Grand Bahama, Abaco, and New Providence.[2] The breeding population on New Providence is, at the very least, greatly reduced from historical levels, and may be extirpated as a breeding species.[3]

The Bahama swallow winters throughout the eastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.[3] It is a rare vagrant elsewhere during migration, including south Florida and the Florida Keys.[4] It is also an occasional vagrant to the southerly Americas.[5]

T. cyaneoviridis is a bird of the Caribbean pine forests. They are somewhat capable of adapting to urban habitat. Although they do not breed in marshland and fields, they need such habitat to forage; like all swallows they feed on flying insects.

Bahama swallows nest in old West Indian woodpecker holes in Caribbean Pine (Pinus caribaea var. bahamensis), using pine needles, Casuarina twigs, and grass to make the nest, and they line it with feathers from other passerines. They typically lay three eggs. Incubation is 15 days and the fledging period is roughly 22 days.[2]

BirdLife International (2020). "Tachycineta cyaneoviridis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2020: e.T22712080A179692086. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-3.RLTS.T22712080A179692086.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
Allen, P (1996). "Breeding biology and natural history of the Bahama Swallow" (PDF). The Wilson Bulletin. 108 (3): 480–495.
BirdLife International (2013) Species factsheet: Tachycineta cyaneoviridis.
American Ornithologists Union, (1998): Check-list of North American Birds. 7th edition. American Ornithologists Union, Washington, D.C.
Strewe, R. (2006). "Primer registro de la Golondrina de Bahamas Tachycineta cyaneoviridis para Suramérica" [First record of the Bahama Swallow T. cyaneoviridis for South America] (PDF). Boletín de la Sociedad Antioqueña de Ornitología (in Spanish and English). 16 (1): 54–58.

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