Gray-rumped Swift Chaetura cinereiventris

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One of the most geographically widespread members of the genus Chaetura, with an extensive circum-Amazonian and upper Amazonian distribution, a thorough knowledge of the identification of the Gray-rumped Swift will undoubtedly serve observers well. The bird’s plumage is largely blackish, with an obviously greyer (and large) rump patch, and a pale throat region. Some seven subspecies are usually recognized, although they would be hard to separate in a field context, their recognition being generally based on relatively minor differences in overall coloration. The Gray-rumped Swift usually occurs over forested habitats in the lowlands and foothills, although it typically nests in chimneys or other similar structures with a necessary vertical surface.

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

Recommended Citation

Gray-rumped Swift (Chaetura cinereiventris), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: