Family Swifts (Apodidae)

Least Concern

White-chested Swift (Cypseloides lemosi)


French: Martinet à plastron blanc German: Brustflecksegler Spanish: Vencejo pechiblanco

Cypseloides lemosi

Eisenmann and Lehmann

, 1962,

Santander, Colombia


Thought to be closely related to C. niger, C. rothschildi and C. fumigatus. Monotypic.


SW Colombia in upper Cauca Valley (departments of Valle del Cauca and Cauca) and NE Ecuador (in Napo Province). Recorded also in NC Colombia, and at several localities through Peru S to CW Bolivia#R#R.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 29 g. A medium-sized swift with long, broad wings and a ­distinctly forked tail; blackish plumage, especially upperparts where forehead only slightly paler, with... read more


Calls include a short “chip” or brighter “pip”, often repeated and sometimes continuing in a fast... read more


All previous records, including tentative Ecuadorian sightings, were at 1050–1300 m, but... read more

Food and feeding

Observed in, and collected from, either monospecific flocks or flocks including C. cryptus, Streptoprocne rutila or S... read more


Not known.


Recorded in range from Feb to May and Oct and suspected to be resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian Inter-Andean Valleys EBA. Known from only a handful of specimens and field sightings. Located near Cerro Munchique... read more

Recommended citation

Chantler, P. & Boesman, P. (2020). White-chested Swift (Cypseloides lemosi). 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 24 February 2020).