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White-tipped Swift Aeronautes montivagus

Rachel Wallace
Version: 1.0 — Published October 10, 2014


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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).


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).


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