Biscutate Swift Streptoprocne biscutata

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Apodidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Audrey Bowe



Little information. Biscutate Swifts are aerial insectivores, and often forage around waterfalls. Gregarious, these swifts often fly out of roost caves in flocks, and return to roosts in the evening to spend the night (Pichorim and Filho 2010).


Breeds in large colonies in caverns, so apparently little individual territoriality.

Sexual Behavior

Little known. Courtship displays, if any, apparently undescribed. Presumably is at least socially monogamous.


Common Gray Four-eyed Opossums (Philander opposum) are a suspected predator on eggs of Biscutate Swift (Pichorim 2002).

Recommended Citation

Bowe, A. (2014). Biscutate Swift (Streptoprocne biscutata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.