Birds of Colombia

    APODIFORMES: Apodidae (Swifts)  
Genus: Chaetura (8 species, 11 worldwide)

Short-tailed Swift
Short-tailed Swift (Chaetura brachyura brachyura)
Mocagua, Amazonas, Colombia  

Small T-shaped swift with short buff-colored back end. Back and back of wings blue-black. Seen in groups of 1000. Descends to nest in hollow dead palms.

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Chapman's Swift (Chaetura chapmani)

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Grey-rumped Swift (Chaetura cinereiventris)

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Pale-rumped Swift (Chaetura egregia)

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Sick's Swift (Chaetura meridionalis)

Chimney Swift
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) Near Threatened
Texas, United States  
Photograph by Jim McCulloch     Copyright and usage info

A uniformly colored small swift which migrates from eastern North America, passing quickly through central America, to South America. [Vaux's Swift] is similar, but has a paler throat and rump, and stop its migration in central America.

Band-rumped Swift
Band-rumped Swift (Chaetura spinicaudus spinicaudus)
Manuas, Brazil  
Photograph by Cameron Rutt   © All Rights Reserved.

Vaux's Swift
Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi)
California, United States  
Photograph by Jamie Chavez     Copyright and usage info

Northern migrant. Migrates from northwest United States and southwest Canada to central America and the northernmost parts of south America. Similar to [Chimney Swift], but note pale throat and rump.

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Experimental sites:       Guyana       Peru       Nicaragua       Venezuela
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