Chapmans Swift (Chaetura chapmani)

Chapmans Swift

[order] APODIFORMES | [family] Apodidae | [latin] Chaetura chapmani | [UK] Chapmans Swift | [FR] Martinet de Chapman | [DE] Chapmansegler | [ES] Vencejo de Chapman | [NL] Chapmans Gierzwaluw


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

Crown and back black, wings black with a blue gloss. Rump and uppercoverts greyish brown. Underparts dull greyish brown. Throat and fore-neck slightly pale.

Listen to the sound of Chapmans Swift

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wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 13 cm size max.: 14 cm
incubation min.: 18 days incubation max.: 19 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 19 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 4  


Latin America : Panama to Northeast Brazil


Its main habitats are lowland evergreen forest edge, secondary forest, and second-growth scrub, also mangrove and swamp areas.


Half cup nest built also on man made structures. Uses saliva to attach nest to strcuture or tree. Clutch size 2-4 eggs incubated for about 18 days. Chicks at birth pinkish and with no down.

Feeding habits

Hunts, in mixed flocks, insects low above ground in dense low clouded areas.


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.
Chapmans Swift status Least Concern


Nominate race resident within its range; viridipennis a transequatorial migrant, with Mar-Apr records from Antioquia, Colombia. Recorded late Aug, Los Fierros, Santa Cruz, E Bolivia.

Distribution map

Chapmans Swift distribution range map

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