Brown-chested Martin Progne tapera
(aka Phaeoprogne tapera)

Brazilian name: andorinha-do-campo

Brown-chested Martin, Rio Negro, Manaus, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image Brazil

The Brown-chested Martin is the only martin in the region which does not have blue feathers being a dull grey/brown above. This colour extends to the breast band which gives the bird its English name.

Brown-chested Martin, River Javarí, Peru, September 2003 - click for larger image The nominate subspecies, shown in the first 3 photos and in photo 7, is found from Colombia south to the Amazon basin and north-east Brazil.

The subspecies in photos 4, 5 and 6 is P.t. fusca which is found in southern South America but migrates north during the southern winter. It has some drop-like spots on the middle of its breast.

Brown-chested Martin, River Javarí, Peru, September 2003 - click for larger image The Brown-chested Martin frequently uses the abandoned nest of a Rufous Hornero as its own nest.

There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase.
Brown-chested Martin, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, Sept 2000 - click for larger image
Brown-chested Martin, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
Brown-chested Martin, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
Brown-chested Martin, Mucugê, Bahia, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image
Brown-chested Martin, Camacã, Bahia, Brazil, October 2008 - click for larger image
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