French: Martinet petit-rollé German: Kubasegler Spanish: Vencejillo antillano
Formerly placed alone in present genus. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
T. p. iradii
(Lembeye, 1850) – Cuba and I of Pines.
T. p. phoenicobia
Gosse, 1847 – Jamaica; Hispaniola and nearby islands of Saona, Beata and Vache.
9–11·5 cm; 9·2–11 g; wingspan 23·5–25 cm. Unlikely to be confused, given that only sympatric swifts are either much larger with much... read more
Weak twittering calls given persistently in flight, rendered “tooee-tooee”.
Main habitats defined as low, seasonally wet grassland and second-growth scrub. Mainly a lowland... read more
Food and feeding
Diet insects, but details virtually unknown. Encountered in small groups, occasionally with hirundines and even less regularly with other... read more
Season May–Jul on Cuba, Mar–May on Hispaniola. Breeds colonially (up to 30 pairs together and up to ten in a single tree), in... read more
Resident, with vagrancy to Florida Keys (Jul–Aug 1972) and Puerto Rico (Jul 1969) suggesting... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common in suitable habitat on all islands within its range. Perhaps some evidence of decline in Haiti during recent... read more
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