Short-tailed Swift Chaetura brachyura

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The Short-tailed Swift is found throughout the humid tropical lowlands of South America where it is commonly seen high overhead along river courses, secondary forest in lowland evergreen, deciduous forest and second-growth scrub. Similar to other members of its genus in most aspects of its natural history, it is also perhaps the easiest to identify having a very short square tail which exaggerates the already broad wings that bulge along the trailing edge. It has four subspecies; two of these represent disjunct populations, one in the Tumbesian region of southwestern Ecuador and northwestern Peru, and another on the islands of Granada, St. Vincent and Tobago.

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

Recommended Citation

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