Sunday, June 17, 2012

>Chaetura fumosa (Costa Rican Swift)

Costa Rican Swift


Costa Rican Swift
Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Species:C. fumosa
Binomial name
Chaetura fumosa
Salvin, 1870
The Costa Rican Swift (Chaetura fumosa) is a species of swift in the Apodidae family. It was split from the Band-rumped Swift, Chaetura spinacauda, in 1998.
It is found in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama with a natural habitat of subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.
It is blackish and slim-winged with sharply contrasting pale-rump band and distinctly pale throat. Sooty- black coloration is tinged with glossy blue. Bill and feet are black. Compare with Band-rumped Swift.
Costa Rican Swifts usually feed on inscets in flight over open habitats and agricultural fields, although this species sometimes can be found over forest and semi-open habitats. Usually found in groups of 5-10, but forms flocks of up to 50 after breeding season. Associates with other small swifts (see Gray-rumped Swift, Band-rumped Swift and Vaux's Swift) where ranges overlap and where feeding is good. Nests in tree hole 30 ft. up in any sort of tree.

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