White-collared Swift (Streptoprocne zonaris)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No Data

Identification & Behavior: ~21 cm (8.2 in). The adult White-collared Swift is all black with a complete white collar around the neck. The juvenile has a flecked gray and whitish collar, which turns white as the bird reaches adulthood. The tail is notched. It is similar to the White-chested Swift but is distinguished by larger size, and by having a complete white collar around the neck. Also, see White-chinned Swift. The White-collared Swift is the largest swift.

Status: The White-collared Swift is uncommon and whidespread on both slopes of the Andes and Amazonian lowlands. It has been reported at elevations of up to 4500 m in the high Andes. It appears to undergo nomadic movement. The White-collared Swift also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Vencejo de Collar Blanco.

Sub-species: White-collared Swift (Streptoprocne zonaris subtropicalis), Parkes, 1995.

Meaning of Name: Streptoprocne: Gr. Streptos= collar, neck-chain and prokne= who was metamorphosed into a swallow. zonaris: Gr. Zōnē= girdle, belt.

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Distribution Map


    • 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.