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Antillean Palm-Swift Tachornis phoenicobia

Omyia Damaj
Version: 1.0 — Published November 14, 2014


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Distribution in the Americas

Antillean Palm Swift is resident in the Greater Antillean islands, where it occurs throughout Cuba, the Isle of Pines, Jamaica, and Hispaniola, including associated islands such as Saona, Beata, and Île-à-Vache (Raffaele et al. 1998, Garrido and Kirkconnell 2000, Keith et al. 2003).

Antillean Palm-Swift primarily occurs in the lowlands. Keith et al. (2003) give the upper elevational limit on Hispaniola as only 450 m, although Raffaele et al. (1998) report that it occurs there up to 1700 m. On Jamaica, palm-swifts are reported to forage at low elevations "in the first part of the day", but to ascend up to 1200 m later "as the day warms up" (Lack 1976).

Antillean Palm-Swift is a vagrant to Key West, Florida (Roberston and Woolfenden 1992) and a rare visitor (or very local resident?; see Kirwan et al. 2002) to Puerto Rico (Kepler 1971, eBird data).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Antillean Palm Swift forages over dry, grassy lowlands containing patches of the palms in which it nests, and over forest and scrub, and in towns (Wetmore and Swales 1931, Wetmore and Lincoln 1933, Keith et al. 2003).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported of Antillean Palm-Swift. An extinct species of Tachornis of Pleistocene age in known from Puerto Rico (Olson 1982).

Distribution of the Antillean Palm-Swift
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Antillean Palm-Swift

Recommended Citation

Damaj, O. (2014). Antillean Palm-Swift (Tachornis phoenicobia), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.anpswi.01