White-collared Swift

Streptoprocne zonaris

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Swifts (Apodidae)

Code 4

WCSW

Code 6

STRZON

ITIS

Egg Color:

White, sometimes nest stained



Number of Eggs:

2



Incubation Days:

16 - 28



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

On cliff ledge.



Nest Material:

Mud, moss and insect exoskeletons.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

White-collared Swift: Very large swift, gray-black overall with blue gloss on breast and back. White collar is distinct. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

White-collared Swift: This species is endemic to Central and South Americas. Its breeding range extends from central Mexico south to Peru and into southeastern Brazil. They occur accidentally in North America and have been recorded along the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida. Preferred habitats include mountains, coniferous forests, open forests, and grasslands with scattered trees.

Breeding and Nesting

White-collared Swift: Two white eggs, sometimes nest-stained, are laid in a nest made of mud, moss, and insect exoskeletons. Incubation ranges from 16 to 28 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

White-collared Swift: Feeds on flying insects, including bees and wasps; catches food while in flight.

Vocalization

White-collared Swift: Makes a loud, screeching "chee-chee-chee" as well as chattering; often heard before it is seen.

Similar Species

White-collared Swift: White-throated Swift is much smaller, has dark upperparts, and white underparts with black underwing linings.

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BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CollarX
Similar to the upper part of the human neck, located at the back of the crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X