Seeing Black-capped Swallow in Guatemala
with CAYAYA BIRDING

Adult Black-capped Swallows in Guatemala
Adult Black-capped Swallows Atticora pileata in the highlands of Guatemala.

Black-capped Swallow Atticora pileata, formerly Notiochelidon pileata, is endemic to the highlands of southern Mexico and northern Central America. It is common in the Guatemalan highlands.

juvenile Black-capped Swallow in tail wind
Juvenile Black-capped Swallow Atticora pileata experiencing strong tail wind.

It ocurrs in the very humid Atlantic slope highlands with cloud forest as well as in the dryer interior and Pacific slope highlands with pine-oak and pine forests. Black-capped Swallows use holes in banks as nesting sites and also as nocturnal roosts.

Black-capped Swallow in flight
Black-capped Swallow Atticora pileata in flight, seen in the highlands of Guatemala.

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Photographs of Black-capped Swallows seen during CAYAYA BIRDING tours in Guatemala

flock of Black-capped Swallows resting on a snag. Adult and juvenile Black-capped Swallows perched adult Black-capped Swallow flying Black-capped Swallow adult Black-capped Swallow in flight

Video of Black-capped Swallows seen during CAYAYA BIRDING tours in Guatemala

Preening Black-capped Swallows Atticora pileata on a wire, seen in the highlands of Guatemala.


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juvenile Black-capped Swallow
Juvenile Black-capped Swallow Atticora pileata in the highlands of Guatemala.

Contributions by Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING to the knowledge about Black-capped Swallow

  • Eisermann, K., C. Avendaño & P. Tanimoto (2013). Birds of the Cerro El Amay Important Bird Area, Quiché, Guatemala. Cotinga 35: 81-93.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009) Guatemala. Pp. 235-242 In: C. Devenish, D. F. Diaz Fernández, R. P. Clay, I. Davidson & I. Y. Zabala (eds.) Important Bird Areas Americas, priority sites for biodiversity conservation. BirdLife Conservation Series 16. Birdlife International, Quito, Ecuador.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009) Conservation priority-setting in Guatemala through the identification of Important Bird Areas. Proceedings of the Fourth International Partners in Flight Conference, Tundra to Tropics: 315-327.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2007) Lista comentada de las aves de Guatemala - Annotated checklist of the birds of Guatemala. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2006) Diversidad de aves en Guatemala, con una lista bibliográfica. Pp. 525-623 In: E. Cano (ed.) Biodiversidad de Guatemala, Vol. 1. Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala.
  • Eisermann, K. & U. Schulz (2005) Birds of a high-altitude cloud forest in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. Revista de Biología Tropical 53: 577-594.
  • More about our bird research in Guatemala.

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