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White-collared Swift Streptoprocne zonaris

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Apodidae
  • Polytypic: 9 subspecies
  • Authors: E. M. Roper

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The vocalizations of the White-collared Swift are described as "thin hisses, squeals, and chittering" (Hilty and Brown 1986); as "loud, screeching, and chattering cries, [that] may recall parakeets" (Howell and Webb 1995); and as a "nasal twitter of chee chee chee, whiss whiss, and "scratchy but not shrill tseet, tchee, and chirrio notes" (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990). Members of a flock  may call in unison (Slud 1964, Hilty 2003, Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Nonvocal Sounds

A flock in rapid descent, as when "descending at high speed down [mountain] valleys" can produce "an impressive swooshing rush of air" (Hilty 2003).

Recommended Citation

Roper, E. M. (2011). White-collared Swift (Streptoprocne zonaris), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.