Mangrove Swallow (Tachycineta albilinea)

Mangrove swallows are interesting in that they are not only found inside the mangrove forest, but in the whole river ecosystem. We did see a few of these birds inside the mangrove. They were flying by the boat very rapidly like most other swallows, which made in-flight pictures very difficult. Still pictures were better, as the birds perched in huge numbers on dead trees. They are distinguished from other swallows by their white underparts (up to the throat) and metallic green upperparts, only similar to the Blue-and-white Swallow, however the latter species is found throughout the country and not just on the coast; also it has blue upperparts instead of green.

Mangrove Swallow - Tachycineta albilinea - Golondrina Lomiblanca
Two Mangrove Swallows perched against a dark green background
Mangrove Swallow - Tachycineta albilinea - Golondrina Lomiblanca (2)
These two swallows were resting on a metal wire. One of them was busy on its wing feathers, probably getting rid of some parasites before leaving again for food

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