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Rothschild's Swift - BirdForum Opus

Cypseloides rothschildi


At 15cm a medium sized swift with uniform brown plumage, broad, long wings, and short, square tail.

Similar Species

Sooty Swift: very difficult to distinguish in the field, in hand separable by soft tail without stiffened or protruding feather shafts


Found locally in South America. Mainly in north-western Argentina, presumably also occurs in Bolivia and Peru.
A restricted range species with very little information about range and population. Considered near-threatened.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Forms a superspecies with White-chested Swift, Black Swift and Sooty Swift. By some authorities considered to be conspecific with Sooty Swift and/or White-chinned Swift.


Believed to be moist montanes and high altitude grasslands, but not very well known.


No information about food or breeding. Further study needed.
Presumably a resident. Some believe the species is wintering in Bolivia and Peru.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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