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Great Swallow-tailed Swift Panyptila sanctihieronymi

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Apodidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: van Dort, John
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  • © John van Dort

Great Swallow-tailed Swift is restricted to montane regions from Nayarit, Mexico south to southern Honduras. It generally occurs in highlands, from 1000-2000 m, over fairly undisturbed and rocky terrain. It is highly acrobatic and will cruise over mountainous slopes at high speeds, often with spectacular plunges and sharp turns. Great Swallow-tailed Swift is very distinctive, generally being the only white-throated black swift with a deeply forked tail above 1000 m; but compare this species carefully to its smaller congener, Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift (Panyptila cayennensis), with which it may co-occur locally. Previously Great Swallow-tailed Swift was known as San Geronimo Swift, after the type locality in Guatemala.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

van Dort, John. 2013. Great Swallow-tailed Swift (Panyptila sanctihieronymi), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.gstswi1.01