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Pygmy Palm Swift - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Pygmy Swift

Tachornis furcata


10 cm. A tiny swift.

  • Long, thin wings
  • Deeply forked tail
  • Uniformly brown upperparts
  • Whitish throat, brown breast band, whitish mid-belly, mid-brown rest of underparts
  • nigrodorsalis with blacker upperparts and whiter throat


It is found in northeast Colombia and western Venezuela.
Common in its small range.


Formerly placed in the monospecific genus Micropanyptila or together with Fork-tailed Palm Swift in Reinarda.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • T. f. furcata:
  • T. f. nigrodorsalis:


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest.



Feeds on insects. Forages in small flocks in the air.


Nests recorded in July, February and January. The nest is shaped like a bag and made of feathers glued together with salivary cement. It's attached in a palm tree.


Probably a resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2) DRAFT. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)

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