Great Swallow-tailed Swift Panyptila sanctihieronymi

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


© Mark Robbins

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

Recommended Citation

van Dort, J. (2013). Great Swallow-tailed Swift (Panyptila sanctihieronymi), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.