Brown-chested martin

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Brown-chested martin
Progne tapera -Rio Grande do Sul-8a.jpg
In Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Genus: Progne
P. tapera
Binomial name
Progne tapera
(Linnaeus, 1766)
Progne tapera map.svg

Hirundo tapera Linnaeus, 1766

The brown-chested martin (Progne tapera) is a species of passerine bird in the swallow family.

It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Suriname, the United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, and is a vagrant to Chile and the Falkland Islands. Its natural habitats are dry savanna, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, rivers, and heavily degraded former forest.

It usually swoops at low heights, showing white on the sides of its tail, with wings bowed. It may dig burrows into banks to nest (or occasionally in snags) or sometimes use old hornero nests.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2020). "Progne tapera". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2020: e.T22712092A137688210. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-3.RLTS.T22712092A137688210.en. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  2. ^ Robert S. Ridgely and Guy Tudor, Field guide to the songbirds of South America: the passerines, 1st ed. University of Texas Press, 2009.