Petrochelidon is a genus of birds known as cliff-nesting swallows. The genus name Petrochelidon is from the Ancient Greek words petros, "rock", and khelidon, "swallow".[1]

Cliff Swallow Builder.jpg
An American cliff swallow starting to build a mud nest under the eaves of a building in California
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Genus: Petrochelidon
Cabanis, 1850

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The genus includes all of the five species of birds commonly called cliff swallow, and contains the following species:

Species in taxonomic orderEdit


  1. ^ Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 300. ISBN 1408125013.

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