Chapman’s Swift (Chaetura chapmani)

Order: Apodiformes Family: Apodidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil

amazonian_swift
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil

amazonian_swift
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil

amazonian_swift
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil


Identification & Behavior: ~13.5 cm (5.3 in). The Chapman’s Swift has dusky upperparts with gray rump and uppertail coverts. The underparts are dusky with slightly paler throat and breast.  The tail is square. It is very similar and difficult to safely differentiate from the closely related Chimney Swift, which winters but is rare in the Amazonian lowlands during the months of October through April. Time of the year should be an important element in identifying these two swifts.

Status: The Chapman’s Swift is a rare resident swift in Amazonia. It overlaps with the very similar Boreal migrant Chimney Swift during the months of October through April. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Vencejo de Chapman.

Sub-species: Chapman’s Swift (Chaetura chapmani), Hellmayr, 1907.

Meaning of Name: Chaetura: Gr. Khaitē=  long flowing hair and oura= tail. chapmani: In honor of American ornithologist Frank Chapman (1864-1945).

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Distribution Map
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References:

    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 08/01/2015.

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