White-throated Swift

Aeronautes saxatalis

Swifts and Trogons

White-throated Swift

Aeronautes saxatalis

Swifts and Trogons

White-throated Swift
White-throated Swift

Daniel Fitzgerald

Found in open areas, including mountainous terrain and areas near cliffs and canyons.

Although the upperparts are dark, the underside of the swift exhibits contrasting black-and-white pattern, including white throat; note also forked tail. Twittering call may sometimes be heard in the middle fo the night; once learned, it is easy to use this attribute to identify this species. 

Nest is usually placed in rock crevice of cliff or canyon wall. Feeds on insects caught in flight.

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White-throated Swift