Sooty Swift Cypseloides fumigatus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Apodidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Nathaniel Hernandez



Little information. Sooty Swift captures insects in flight, in typical swift fashion. The wing beats are described as slower than in Chaetura swifts (W.A. Voss, cited by Belton 1984). Roosts "on cliffs and behind waterfalls" (Belton 1984).


There is no information reported about territoriality in Sooty Swift.

Sexual Behavior

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


There are no reports of predation on Sooty Swift?

Recommended Citation

Hernandez, N. (2014). Sooty Swift (Cypseloides fumigatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.