Order
Caprimulgiformes
Family
Apodidae
Genus
Aeronautes
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Version 1.0

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SPECIES

White-tipped Swift Aeronautes montivagus

Rachel Wallace
Version: 1.0 — Published October 10, 2014

Behavior

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Behavior

Gregarious. Forages for flying insects low above the forest in single-species or mixed-species flocks of up to 50 individuals (Mazar Barnett et al. 1998, Herzog et al. 2003). Sometimes forages in wide erratic circles over canyons, maintaining the same altitude over ridges (Mazar Barnett et al. 1998).

Territoriality

Currently no information on territoriality.

Sexual Behavior

Currently no information on courtship or mating system; presumably is at least socially monogamous.

Social and interspecific behavior

Often forages in mixed-species flocks of up to about 50 birds, including Sick's Swift (Chaetura meridionalis)White-collared Swift (Streptoprocne zonaris),  and Andean Swift (Aeronautes andecolus) (Mazar Barnett et al. 1998, Herzog et al. 2003).

Predation

Beebe (1949) recorded one instance of a Bat Falcon (Falco rufigularis) catching three White-tipped Swifts.

Recommended Citation

Wallace, R. (2014). White-tipped Swift (Aeronautes montivagus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.whtswi1.01