American Cliff Swallow

Petrochelidon pyrrhonota (Vieillot, 1817) CLISW 9980
Family: Passeriformes > Hirundinidae

American Cliff Swallow, Yoav Perlman

Similar in size and shape to a House Martin, but with a distinctive russet rump and head, American Cliff Swallow is an extremely rare visitor from North America.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
174 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
174 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


American Cliff Swallow is an extremely rare vagrant, usually recorded in autumn.

Weekly occurence of American Cliff Swallow from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about American Cliff Swallow, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Catalan: oreneta dels cingles
Czech: vlaštovka pestrá
Danish: Stensvale
Dutch: Amerikaanse Klifzwaluw
Estonian: ameerika kaljupääsuke
Finnish: amerikanpääsky
French: Hirondelle à front blanc
German: Fahlstirnschwalbe
Hungarian: sziklafecske
Icelandic: Klettasvala
Irish: Fáinleog Aille
Italian: Rondine rupestre americana
Latvian: baltpieres bezdeliga
Lithuanian: baltakakte klifine kregžde
Norwegian: Mursvale
Polish: jaskólka rdzawoszyja
Portuguese: andorinha-de-dorso-acanelado / andorinha-de-testa-branca
Slovak: lastovicka bralová
Slovenian: pecinska lastovka
Spanish: Golondrina risquera
Swedish: stensvala

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