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Lesser Antillean Swift
10Â·5 cm (4Â¼ in)
 Similar species
Black Swift is the main contender within the range of LA Swift: LA Swift is smaller and grayer, has a shorter tail, and will show a fork in the tail only if molt is ongoing. The gray rump can be seen only in good observation conditions, but when seen will clinch the identification relative to Black Swift.
Chimney Swift is a rare migrant through the area, and some of the Chaetura swifts that breed in Trinidad and northern South America have been identified as accidentals further north within the range of LA Swift. It is possible that some of these are overlooked, because we are used to LA Swift being the only Chaetura swift in the area. Short-tailed Swift is now breeding north to St. Lucia.
Found both at low and high elevation, but most likely to be found low when the higher areas are covered with rain-clouds. It spends most of its time near or over wet forest and second growth.
Feeds on insects taken in flight. Gregarious and often seen foraging in flocks of up to 40 birds, sometimes together with Swallows.
Breeding season from late spring to early summer. Nest half-cupped, nest sites probably like other Chaetura species. Lays 3 eggs.
Resident all year around.
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