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)

A small brown swift with contrasting browns on top half (head and mantle darker). Compare to [Vaux┬┤s Swift] and [Chimney Swift].

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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) Vulnerable
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
Really Experimental sites:       Brazil       Bolivia       Cuba