Family Swifts (Apodidae)

Near Threatened

Rothschild's Swift (Cypseloides rothschildi)


Taxonomy

French: Martinet de Rothschild German: Rothschildsegler Spanish: Vencejo parduzco
Taxonomy:

Cypseloides rothschildi

J. T. Zimmer

, 1945,

Tucumán, Argentina

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Formerly known by name C. major, but that name invalid, as preoccupied by “Chaetura major”, a synonym of C. senex. Present species thought to be closely related to C. niger, C. lemosi and C. fumigatus. Sometimes considered conspecific with C. fumigatus, and possibly with C. cryptus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Bolivia (Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca and Tarija) and NW Argentina (Jujuy, Salta and W Formosa S to Córdoba).

Descriptive notes

15 cm. A medium-sized swift with long, broad wings and a short, rather square tail; very uniform mid-brown all over. In the hand, separable from C. fumigatus by... read more

Voice

Voice poorly known. A short “pip” or “peep” has been recorded in flight.

Habitat

In general, not very well known. Species is believed to occur exclusively within an altitude range... read more

Food and feeding

No information available.

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Resident. May winter at N end of range, in Bolivia and possibly Peru (no records). A flock, c. 30,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Argentina and South Bolivian Yungas EBA. Very poorly known, with... read more

Recommended citation

Chantler, P., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2017). Rothschild's Swift (Cypseloides rothschildi). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55254 on 18 November 2017).