Biscutate Swift Streptoprocne biscutata

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

Diet and Foraging


Biscutate swifts are aerial insectivores, but its diet has not been examined in detail; stomach contents in Brazil of the related, and often sympatric, White-collared Swift (Streptoprocne zonaris), included insects of the orders Coleoptera, Diptera, Hemiptera, Homoptera, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera, and Orthoptera (Schubart et al. 1965).

Foraging Behavior

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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.