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Tepui Swift Streptoprocne phelpsi

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Apodidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg and Guy M. Kirwan


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Tepui Swift
eBird range map for Tepui Swift

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Tepui Swift occurs in the pantepui region of southern Venezuela and adjacent northernmost Brazil, and western Guyana (Collins 1972, Sick 1993, Braun et al. 2003, Hilty 2003). It is assumed to be resident in this region. There also is a documented record (specimen; February) from the Rancho Grande Biological Station, Aragua, in the coastal mountains of northern Venezuela (Collins 1972); it is not known whether this represents a vagrant, or whether Tepui Swift regularly disperses as far as northern Venezuela.

Tepui Swift primarily occurs at 200-2200, occasionally to as high as 2600 m (Hilty 2003).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Tepui Swift forages over humid montane forest, humid lowland forest, montane grasslands, and around cliffs (Hilty 2003). The few reported nests have been on cliffs and rocky grottos.

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and G. M. Kirwan (2015). Tepui Swift (Streptoprocne phelpsi), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.