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Pygmy Swift

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Alternative name: Pygmy Palm Swift

Tachornis furcata


[edit] Identification

10 cm. A tiny swift.

  • Long, thin wings
  • Deeply forked tail
  • Uniformly brown upperparts
  • Whitish throat, brown breast band, whitish mid-belly, mid-brown rest of underparts
  • nigrodorsalis with blacker upperparts and whiter throat

[edit] Distribution

It is found in northeast Colombia and western Venezuela.
Common in its small range.

[edit] Taxonomy

Formerly placed in the monospecific genus Micropanyptila or together with Fork-tailed Palm Swift in Reinarda.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • T. f. furcata:
  • T. f. nigrodorsalis:

[edit] Habitat

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects. Forages in small flocks in the air.

[edit] Breeding

Nests recorded in July, February and January. The nest is shaped like a bag and made of feathers glued together with salivary cement. It's attached in a palm tree.

[edit] Movements

Probably a resident species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)

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