Family Swifts (Apodidae)

Near Threatened

Rothschild's Swift (Cypseloides rothschildi)


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

Cypseloides rothschildi

J. T. Zimmer

, 1945,

Tucumán, Argentina


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.


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


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

Food and feeding

No information available.


No information.


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. (2020). 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 on 25 February 2020).