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Photo © by Thibaud
Pumarinri Lodge, San Martín, Peru, 13 January 2021
Chaetura egregia


10.5 cm/4 inches - 23 gram/8 ounces

  • Small body
  • Short tail
  • Noticeable shape to head
  • Wing hooked near end
  • Body is dark
  • Throat is somewhat light
  • Light rump


Eastern Ecuador to Eastern Peru, Northern Bolivia and Western Amazonian Brazil




Tropical evergreen forest in lowlands to 1100 meters/3600 feet

Found from lowlands to Eastern Andean slope in Ecuador at 200 meters/650 feet to 1000 meters/3200 feet elevation

Found in humid forest and more open areas in Northern Peru at 1050 meter/3440 feet elevations.


Known to often feed with groups of other swift species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Chantler, P. and P. F. D. Boesman (2020). Pale-rumped Swift (Chaetura egregia), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.parswi1.01

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