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Cypseloides lemosi

White-chested Swift

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Apodidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S

Cypseloides lemosi

Raqchi Ruins, Cusco, Peru; 23 August 2012 © Tim Avery

White-chested Swift, which is restricted to mid elevations along the east slope of the Andes, is one of the more enigmatic species of the Neotropics. This species was described as recently as 1962, and at that time it was only known from the upper Cauca Valley in central Colombia. More recently this species has been reported from Ecuador and Peru. These records suggest that White-chested Swift may be more widespread, at least as a nonbreeding visitor, but almost nothing is known about the natural history of this species.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S. 2012. White-chested Swift (Cypseloides lemosi), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Aerial
  • Foraging Behavior:Screen
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Mixed Flocks
  • Mating System:
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern