|Chilean Swallow (Tachycineta meyeni)
November / December 2005
The Chilean Swallow breeds in Chile south of the Atacama Desert and in south-west Argentina. Southern populations migrate to Bolivia, Paraguay and south-east Brazil. It is found in open habitats near water and is often to be seen near human habitation.
It is very similar to White-rumped Swallow T. leucorrhoa but lacks the white streak above the lores. In fact, many authorities used to consider it a sub-species of White-rumped Swallow but recent DNA work supports its status as a separate species.