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Streptoprocne rutila
Photo by Robert Scanlon
Near Manizales, Colombia, March 2006


Length 13cm
Reddish throat and collar, only partial or missing in females. Broad, shallowly forked tail, even less forked in females. Plumage blackish, a bit paler below.
Juveniles very similar to collarless females.

Similar Species

Similar to Tepui Swift, but ranges don't overlap


From Western Mexico over Central America to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Guyana and Trinidad.
Rather local, but in part of its range common and not globally threatened.


Forms a superspecies with Tepui Swift. Both species are sometimes placed in Cypseloides or earlier in Chaetura.


Three subspecies[1]:


Montane evergreen forest, also secondary forest and scrub. Usually in the highlands higher than 500m. Seen feeding at lower levels when bad weather in mountains.


Like other Swifts highly gregarious and often seen in big flocks, sometimes mixed with White-collared Swift or other Swifts.
Feeds on various insects, taken in flight.
Breeding recorded from May to August, differing in various parts of range. Nest build usually near water in very humid and shaded sites on rock faces. Lays two eggs.
Some populations seem to migrate, but the exact movement of this species is not clearly understood.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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