Band-rumped Swift (Chaetura spinicaudus)

Band-rumped Swift

[order] APODIFORMES | [family] Apodidae | [latin] Chaetura spinicaudus | [UK] Band-rumped Swift | [FR] Martinet spinicaude | [DE] Dornensegler | [ES] Vencejo Lomiblanco | [NL]


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Chaetura spinicaudus LA Panama to c Brazil
Chaetura spinicaudus aetherodroma Panama to w Colombia and w Ecuador
Chaetura spinicaudus spinicaudus e Venezuela, the Guianas and n and c Brazil

Physical charateristics

Band-rumped Swift is a speedy slender bird, 11.5 cm long and weighing 15 g. The upperparts are blackish with a whitish band across the rump, and the underparts are dark brown with a paler throat. It has a short tail.

Listen to the sound of Band-rumped Swift

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Latin America : Panama to Central Brazil


Many habitats but usually on the edge of lowland forest. In venezuela only over open habitats and in Amazonia low- and highland forest with clearings.


The nest is a half saucer of twigs glued to the inside of a tree hole or similar shaded location with saliva.

Feeding habits

Band-rumped Swift feeds in flight on flying insects. It is often low over roads or clearings in the morning or evening, rising high above the forest, often with other swifts, in the middle of the day.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Band-rumped Swift status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Band-rumped Swift distribution range map

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