Family Swifts (Apodidae)


Schouteden's Swift (Schoutedenapus schoutedeni)


French: Martinet de Schouteden German: Schoutedensegler Spanish: Vencejo del Congo

Apus schoutedeni


, 1960,

Butokolo, DRCongo


Formerly considered a race of S. myoptilus. Monotypic.


E DRCongo in Itombwe Mts, where collected from Mubandakika, Butokolo, Bionga and Kamituga; perhaps occurs N to Mt Tshiaberimu, and possible sightings also from Bwindi Forest, in SW Uganda#R.

Descriptive notes

16·5 cm. Small swift with structure similar to that of S. myoptilus; long, thin, deeply forked tail, though this probably averages shorter than in S.... read more




Presumed to be a highland species, mainly because was collected from Butokolo at 1470 m.

Food and feeding

Nothing known; presumably similar to congener.


Female collected in Feb had enlarged oocytes; two specimens from Oct did not have enlarged gonads.


Not known.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Zaire Lowlands EBA. Still known from only five specimens. Habitat within species’ range thought still to be in... read more

Recommended citation

Chantler, P. & Boesman, P. (2020). Schouteden's Swift (Schoutedenapus schoutedeni). 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 26 February 2020).