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Yanachaga Chemillen National Park, Pasco, Peru
15 February 2020
Chaetura cinereiventris


10·5 cm

  • Short square tail


Central and South America and the Caribbean
Central America: Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama
Caribbean (West Indies): Lesser Antilles, Windward Islands, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina



There are 7 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. phaeopygos:
  • C. c. occidentalis:
  • C. c. schistacea:
  • Eastern Colombia to western Venezuela (Mérida and Táchira)
  • C. c. lawrencei:
  • C. c. guianensis:
  • Tepuis of eastern Venezuela and western Guyana
  • C. c. sclateri:
  • C. c. cinereiventris:


Tropical lowland and montane evergreen forests.



Their diet consists of ants, bees, wasps, beetles and flies, all taken in flight.


  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. Lepage D. (2021) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/0F898234]. Retrieved 24 May 2021
  3. Chantler, P. and P. F. D. Boesman (2020). Gray-rumped Swift (Chaetura cinereiventris), 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.grrswi1.01

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