French: Martinet montagnard German: Bergsegler Spanish: Vencejo montañés
d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Subspecies and Distribution
A. m. montivagus
(d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – scattered range from N Colombia (Santa Marta Mts) and N Venezuelan cordilleras S through Andes to NC Bolivia and NW Argentina (Jujuy).
A. m. tatei
(Chapman, 1929) – tepuis of S Venezuela, W Guyana and extreme N Brazil.
13 cm; male 18·25–22·75 g, female 17·25–21·75 g (nominate). Smallish swift with broad inner wing, sharply pointed outer wing and large... read more
Commonest call a dry, rattling phrase “trrrrrree-t-t-trrr” or a simpler drawn-out “trrrrrrrreee”.
Main habitats defined as montane evergreen forest, secondary forest and tropical lowland evergreen... read more
Food and feeding
In a study in the Coastal Cordillera of Venezuela prey items included c. 51% Hymenoptera and 35% Diptera, size ranging 1·2... read more
Breeds Apr–Jul, N Venezuela; seen entering possible nest-sites early Apr, Colombia; breeding in Valle de Guayllabamba, Ecuador,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common, indeed locally abundant, at least in Ecuador. Perhaps more widespread than hitherto believed, since recently recorded... read more
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