Family Swifts (Apodidae)

Data Deficient

Spot-fronted Swift (Cypseloides cherriei)


Taxonomy

French: Martinet à points blancs German: Diademsegler Spanish: Vencejo cuatroojos
Taxonomy:

Cypseloides cherriei

Ridgway

, 1893,

Volcán de Irazú, Costa Rica

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

Scattered and poorly known. Breeding proven in SW Costa Rica (Pacific slope of Cordillera Central), N Venezuela (Aragua, in coastal cordillera) and N Ecuador (Pichincha and Napo); records also from Colombia in W Andes (Charguayaco by Cerro Munchique, in Cauca; Las Guacas, near Popayán, in Cauca), C Andes (Ibagué, in Tolima), and E Andes (San Gil, in Santander; Soatá, in Boyacá).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 21·7–23 g. Small swift with short square tail and relatively short wings; blackish plumage with striking head pattern; white supraloral patch, post-ocular... read more

Voice

Calls include a short “tip” or brighter “pip”, often repeated, sometimes continuing as a short... read more

Habitat

Not recorded outside mountainous areas; all localities 1100–2200 m. Main habitat defined as... read more

Food and feeding

Of 719 prey items analysed, from 2 boluses and 2 stomachs, 87% were Hymenoptera and Hemiptera. In Costa Rica occurs singly or in pairs,... read more

Breeding

In Venezuela active nests recorded Jul–Aug; in Ecuador c. 18-day-old chick in nest in mid-Jun and hatching period for that country... read more

Movements

No indication of migratory behaviour.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Data Deficient. Despite paucity of sightings, specimens and recorded localities, may prove to be more widespread and abundant... read more

Recommended citation

Chantler, P., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2017). Spot-fronted Swift (Cypseloides cherriei). 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/55256 on 22 November 2017).