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White-chinned Swift Cypseloides cryptus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Apodidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Guy M. Kirwan, and Thomas S. Schulenberg

Diet and Foraging


White-chinned Swift is insectivorous, but the diet is not known in any detail. The stomach of a specimen collected by Howell (1957) was "crammed with small insects that I think were hymenopterans". The diet of White-chinned Swift in Costa Rica (n = 6) is dominated by hymenopterans (split equally between Formicidae and Blastophagidae), with much smaller numbers of other wasps, Coleoptera, Diptera, Lepidoptera, Hemiptera, and Homoptera (Marín and Stiles 1992). White-chinned Swift is one of many species of aerial insectivores that have been observed in Colombia foraging on "swarms of small beetles (Cichlocephala sp., Cycloneda sp., and Macrodactylus sp., Scarabeidae)" that emerge at the beginning of the rainy season in late September and October (Stiles and Negret 1994).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, G. M. Kirwan, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). White-chinned Swift (Cypseloides cryptus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.