Family Swifts (Apodidae)

Least Concern

Tepui Swift (Streptoprocne phelpsi)


French: Martinet des tépuis German: Phelpssegler Spanish: Vencejo de tepuy

Cypseloides phelpsi


, 1972,

Cerro Auyan-tepui, Bolívar, Venezuela


Previously placed in genus Cypseloides. Both this species and closely related S. rutila were recently transferred to Streptoprocne on grounds mainly of similarities to latter genus in clutch size, development of young, and plumage. Monotypic.


S Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar), NW Guyana (Merume Mts), and mountains of extreme N Brazil along border with Venezuela.

Descriptive notes

16·5 cm; male 20–24 g, female 19–23·5 g. Medium-sized swift with stocky body, long, relatively broad wings, and broad, moderately forked tail,... read more


Voice quite different from S. rutila, being much less buzzy, with a more melodious burry... read more


Main habitats have been defined as montane evergreen forest, tropical lowland evergreen forest and... read more

Food and feeding

Not known.


Late spring to early summer breeding season has been postulated. Recorded nest is truncated cone consisting of live moss sited on vertical... read more


Resident in Pantepui. Record from Aragua, N Venezuela, suggests some degree of dispersal.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cordillera de la Costa Central EBA and Tepuis EBA. Commonly encountered in Venezuela in Cerro Tamacuari region (... read more

Recommended citation

Chantler, P., Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Tepui Swift (Streptoprocne phelpsi). 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 3 April 2020).