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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


Geographic Variation

White-chinned Swift is monotypic.

Related Species

Described as Cypseloides cryptus Zimmer 1945; type locality Inca Mine, Río Tavara [Puno], Peru.

There is no phylogenetic survey of Cypseloides. Cypseloides cryptus is extremely similar to Cypseloides storeri (White-fronted Swift) of southwestern Mexico (Navarro et al. 1992). These two taxa may form a superspecies (Chantler 1999), or storeri may represent only a migrant, nonbreeding population of cryptus, distinguishable at best as a subspecies of cryptus (Howell 1992, 1993, Howell and Webb 1995; but see also Peterson and Navarro-Sigüenza 1993).

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.