Antillean Palm-Swift Tachornis phoenicobia

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Apodidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Omyia Damaj
  • © Ron Knight

Antillean Palm-swift is a small blackish brown and white swift with a distinctly forked tail. Mainly found in low, seasonally wet grasslands and second growth scrub in the Greater Antilles, Antillean Palm-Swift spends most of the day on the wing in search of flying insects. Very adaptable, it often is found in close association with humans, even in large cities, using planted royal palms for nesting and roosting. Due to its adaptability to human-modified environments, the population of Antillean Palm-Swift is believed to be stable.


© Cedar Mathers-Winn

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

Recommended Citation

Damaj, O. (2014). Antillean Palm-Swift (Tachornis phoenicobia), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.