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Spot-fronted Swift Cypseloides cherriei

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The flight calls of Spot-fronted Swift have been likened to the sound of a laser gun (Jane Lyons and Dusan Brinkhuizen, personal communications); often given in a series, the call consistents of several clear notes followed by a faster rising series of chips. These calls also are described as a "distinctive rhythmic series, often repeated two or more times on quick succession. A typical series ... can be transliterated as chirr chi-t-t-ti chirr; at times the series' end with several sharp chips" (Howell 2011).

There are very few available audio recordings of vocalizations of Spot-fronted Swift; additional examples can be heard at xeno-canto and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.