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Spot-fronted Swift Cypseloides cherriei

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Apodidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Luke Seitz
  • © Luke Seitz

Spot-fronted Swift is considered Data Deficient by BirdLife International, which is something of a 'holding' category designed to draw attention to the fact that insufficient information is available concerning its population to conclude if the species is threatened or not. It is certainly a poorly known bird, like many other swifts. To date, this species is known from several localities in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, western Venezuela, and northern Ecuador, with most records being made in montane regions, near streams in forested and open habitats, at 1000–2200 m. Seen well, which is often not easy to achieve, Spot-fronted Swift (or Cherrie’s Swift) can be relatively easy to identify. It has a short, square-ended tail and relatively short wings, and the most striking features are the white supraloral, white streak above and behind the eye, and small pale patch below and behind the eye.


© Andrew Spencer

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

Recommended Citation

Seitz, L. (2014). Spot-fronted Swift (Cypseloides cherriei), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.