Cave Swallow

Cave Swallow

name = Cave Swallow
status = LC | status_system = IUCN3.1
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
ordo = Passeriformes
familia = Hirundinidae
genus = "Petrochelidon"
species = "P. fulva"
binomial = "Petrochelidon fulva"
binomial_authority = (Vieillot, 1808)

The Cave Swallow, "Petrochelidon fulva", belonging to the same genus as the more familiar and widespread Cliff Swallow of North America, occurs in Mexico and the Greater Antilles, with fall and winter vagrants reaching the East and Gulf Coasts of the U.S..

The Cave Swallow measures from 12 to 14 cm in length and weighs 19 g on average. It has grey-blue upperparts and brown-tangerine forefront and throat.

There are two races in the southern U.S.; one "fulva" in Florida, and one "pelodoma" in the states of southwestern United States, and Northeast Mexico. The Cuban race "cavicola" is very similar to "fulva".


* Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
*es icon cite book|last=Oberle|first=Mark|year=2003|title=Las aves de Puerto Rico en fotografías|publisher=Editorial Humanitas|id = ISBN 0-9650104-2-2

External links

* [ Cave Swallow videos] on the Internet Bird Collection
* [ Cave Swallow photo gallery] VIREO

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