Cave Swallow

Petrochelidon fulva

This Cave Swallow was a long way from home when it turned up in the southeast corner of Newfoundland in November 2008 – our one and only record thus far.
– Photo: Jared Clarke (November 15, 2008)

Status: Very Rare (< 5 records)

Origins: The bulk of the population breeds in Mexico through South America, although colonies have sprouted more recently in southern Florida and Texas. With a tendency for reverse migration, there are numerous fall records throughout much of the United States and southern Canada.

Record Details: Two records for Newfoundland. (1) The first was found at Long Beach (near Cape Race), at the somewhat expected date of November 13-16, 2008 following a large incursion through much of North America. (2) The second was present at Quidi Vidi Lake at the less expected date of May 29 – June 8, 2016. It is thought this individual may have been of the West Indies race, given both the date and the dark chestnut rump typical of that race.

* NOTE – This website is not an official account and “may” contain incorrect information and/or details of unconfirmed records. *

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