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Tepui Swift Streptoprocne phelpsi

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


Geographic Variation

Streptoprocne phelpsi is monotypic.

Related Species

Described as Cypseloides phelpsi Collins 1972; type locality Cerro Auyan-tepui, Bolívar, Venezuela.

This species was collected as long ago as the late 19th century, at which time its distinctive features were well described (Sclater and Godman 1882), but it was not recognized as a separate species until Collins (1972) described this species. The species epithet honots the late William H. Phelps, Jr., "who, by so ably continuing the efforts devoted by his father, the late William H. Phelps, to the study and preservation of the avifauna of Venezuela and the Pantepui area in particular, has contributed so much to our ornithological knowledge of these areas" (Collins 1972).

Phylogenetic relationships within Streptoprocne have not been resolved; presumably Streptoprocne phelpsi is sister to Streptoprocne rutila (Chestnut-collared Swift).

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.