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Violet-green Swallow

Tachycineta thalassina (Swainson, 1827)

Related taxa:
Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Paul Marvin 2012-03-15 Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, San Diego County, California, San Diego (United States) (1400 m) flight call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

164574
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina thalassina Richard E. Webster 2020-05-28 Blue Lookout Road, White Mountains, Greenlee County, Arizona, Greenlee (United States) (2800 m) adult, flight dawn song, sex uncertain -

not seen; flight song at dawn; interval altered at 0:19;

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

611748
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina thalassina Richard E. Webster 2018-06-16 Provo River Valley, Wasatch County, Utah, Wasatch (United States) (2400 m) adult, flight dawn song, sex uncertain -

now light enough that I could follow the bird better (than XC575309), doing loops and figure eights just above tree top level at a clearing; Shady Dell CG;

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

575311
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Sue Riffe 2020-05-17 Old St Vrain Rd, Boulder Cty, CO, Boulder (United States) (1700 m) adult, flight call, sex uncertain, song -

Natural vocalization from two adult birds near a cliff.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

611676
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Anthony Gliozzo 2018-06-17 Camano Island, Island County, Washington, Island (United States) (120 m) adult and fledglings together, call -

slightly over 1 month we have been monitoring a make and female violet-green swallow creating a nest under our roof. Today the fledglings hatched. Adult (female) can be heard along with fledglings. We witnessed her under rooftop, then began recording at close range (within a few feet probably 1 meter). Use a Zoom H4n recorder and a 2 meter monopod

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

420849
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Paul Marvin 2012-03-15 Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, San Diego County, California, San Diego (United States) (1400 m) flight call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

164575
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina thalassina Richard E. Webster 2018-06-09 Snake Creek, Great Basin N.P., Nevada, White Pine (United States) (2000 m) adult, flight dawn song, sex uncertain -

aerial dawn song on a windy morning; relatively speaking, mostly hanging in the wind, not moving around too much, although they came and went; just a few birds; start, 1:45 to 2:30, and 7:10 onward are better sections; several intervals shortened;

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

575301
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Richard E Webster 2006-05-10 La Corona Arriba, Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California, Baja California (Mexico) (2400 m m) calls -   72209
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina thalassina Richard E. Webster 2012-08-18 San Telmo, Baja California, Baja California (Mexico) (200 m) call -

calls of family group in flight

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

348939
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina thalassina Timothy Marquardt 2020-07-18 Flagstaff, Coconino County, Arizona, Coconino (United States) (2400 m) call, life stage uncertain, sex uncertain -

Sound Devices MixPre-3, Wildtronics Model #WTPMMSA, 22” Parabolic Reflector, High-pass filter 600 Hz, Roll-off 24dB, phoenixbirder@gmail.com

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

577310
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Andrew Spencer 2012-06-29 Twin Mountains, Saguache Co., Colorado, Saguache (United States) (2990 m) dawn song (A) - natural vocalization from a bird dawn singing in flight near a large cliff. It was nearly impossible to follow the bird with the parabola, hence the song going in and out of focus. 105332
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina thalassina Richard E. Webster 2018-06-09 Snake Creek, Great Basin N.P., Nevada, White Pine (United States) (2000 m) adult, flight dawn song, sex uncertain -

single bird in level loops of flight near nesting cottonwood before sunrise, covering more ground than earlier; could be one of the birds recorded earlier; loudest after 0:38; two partial annotations removed, shortening intervals;

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

575299
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Richard E Webster 2006-05-10 Observatorio area, Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California, Baja California (Mexico) (2500 m m) flight calls -   72213
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Paul Marvin 2013-05-15 Mono Lake, south end, California, Mono (United States) (2000 m) flight call -

flying around a natural mineral formation (tufa) where they nest, by the lake

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

164579
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Peter Ward 1983-07-09 Vancouver, British Columbia, Greater Vancouver Area (Canada) (50 m) juvenile, song -

Mono. One mic in parabola. Analog recording with cassette tape.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

511281
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Richard E Webster 2006-05-10 Observatorio area, Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California, Baja California (Mexico) (2500 m m) calls -   72210
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Richard E Webster 2006-05-09 La Corona Arriba, Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California, Baja California (Mexico) (2400 m m) flight calls -   72212
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Eric DeFonso 2018-07-03 Central City, Gilpin County, Colorado, Gilpin (United States) (2700 m) adult, dawn song -

Bird singing from high tree branches near campground entrance at first light.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

581020
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Elias Aristides Elias 2015-07-07 Arcata, Humboldt County, California, Humboldt (United States) (0 m) alarm call -

This 1+ minute recording documents a flock of swallow swarming me. The primary vocalist was an adult female Violet-green Swallow. Also present was an adult male Violet-green Swallow and an adult Barn Swallow (sex not determined). Other swallows were present but were not focused on. The female was protecting a juvenal swallow perched on the nest box. This juvenal appears to be the youngest of the clutch and was still hanging around the nest. These parent were attempting to drive me away. The recording begins with a volley of notes from the female and she each time she approaches me throughout the recording she is stooping on me. She also spends some time just circling me and giving single more spaced calls. At 0:17 the male make a two phrase scratchy vocalization at the bottom of a dive directed at me. At 0:44 a Barn Swallow begins to make noise. At 0:48 a Barn Sallow begins to chase an adult Common Raven.

The Birds of North America account says this about the alarm call: “Alarm” call. No published description, but apparent alarm calls recorded by D. J. Borror in El Paso Co., CO, are shown in Fig. 3 . Also a “zwrack” call, similar to that of Purple Martin (Progne subis), used in high-intensity alarm situations (Brown 1983).

Additional details regarding context may be found at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24178105

This recording was made with an iPhone 4s with Sennheiser microphone and Røde Rec application.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

255604
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina thalassina Richard E. Webster 2001-06-15 La Corona Arriba, Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California, Baja California (Mexico) (2300 m) call -

variety of vocalizations, from single calls to more complex, song-like ones

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

348951
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Paul Marvin 2020-06-10 Kitchen Creek Rd (north section) Cleveland National Forest, San Diego Co, California, San Diego (United States) (1600 m) call -

calls from male/female pair perched together (not sure which called)

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

571030
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Paul Marvin 2020-06-15 Mount Laguna, Desert View Rd, San Diego County, California, San Diego (United States) (1800 m) flight call -

one flying up and down the road at dawn

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

571067
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina thalassina Richard E. Webster 2015-06-04 Heliograph Peak, Pinaleno Mtns, Graham County, Arizona, Graham (United States) (2700 m) flight call -

same birds in flight through gaps in the forest near a probable nest tree, flying just below crown height, coming and going; 2nd in a series of three recordings of these birds

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

323147
xeno-canto.org
Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina thalassina Richard E. Webster 2012-08-18 San Telmo, Baja California, Baja California (Mexico) (200 m) call -

calls of family group in flight

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

348940
xeno-canto.org
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