White-throated Swift

Aeronautes saxatalis

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Swifts (Apodidae)

Code 4

WTSW

Code 6

AERSAX

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

3 - 6



Incubation Days:

19 - 21



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

Glued to wall of deep crack or crevice.



Nest Material:

Well-rounded cup of feathers and grasses glued together with saliva.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

White-throated Swift: Medium-sized swift, mostly brown-black except for white throat, white patches on belly and flanks, and white edges on wings. Face is pale gray and has dark eye patch. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

White-throated Swift: Breeds from southern British Columbia through the Rocky Mountains and throughout the southwest, from California to New Mexico. Spends winters from central California and the southwestern states to Central America. Arid mountains and other rocky areas are its preferred habitats.

Breeding and Nesting

White-throated Swift: Three to six white eggs are laid in a nest made of feathers glued together with saliva, and built in a cleft of a cliff. Incubation ranges from 19 to 21 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

White-throated Swift: Feeds on flying insects; forages in flight.

Vocalization

White-throated Swift: Call is a prolonged series of grating notes "jee-jee-jee-jee-jee."

Similar Species

White-throated Swift: Chimney Swift is larger, with longer wings, darker rump and throat, and different call.

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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