Family Swifts (Apodidae)

Least Concern

Lesser Antillean Swift (Chaetura martinica)


Taxonomy

French: Martinet chiquesol German: Antillensegler Spanish: Vencejo de Martinica
Taxonomy:

Hirundo martinica

Hermann

, 1783,

Martinique

.

Has been thought to be closest to C. cinereiventris and C. egregia, and the three were previously placed in genus Acanthylis along with C. spinicaudus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Lesser Antilles: Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St Lucia and St Vincent.

Descriptive notes

10·5 cm; 12·5 g. Smallish swift with short square tail, rectrix spines up to 5 mm beyond web, protruding head and distinctive wing shape, with hooked outer wing... read more

Voice

Main call is a high-pitched twittering trill “prrrrrrrr” or “prrrrrrr-titi” given at intervals.

Habitat

Main habitats tradionally defined as tropical lowland evergreen forest and probably secondary... read more

Food and feeding

Gregarious forager, typically in flocks of 20–40, often with hirundines.

Breeding

Season believed to be late spring to early summer. Nest believed to be half-cupped; presumably nest-sites typical of genus, though one nest... read more

Movements

Generally resident. Recorded as a vagrant to Nevis. Erroneous record from Trinidad.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Lesser Antilles EBA. Fairly common on Dominica, Martinique, St Lucia and St Vincent; uncommon on... read more

Recommended citation

Chantler, P. & Boesman, P. (2017). Lesser Antillean Swift (Chaetura martinica). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/55307 on 26 September 2017).