White-throated Swift Life History


Nest Placement

Nest Cliff

Nest Description

Simple cup constructed of felt-like substance made from a variety of materials gathered on the wing, stuck together with gluelike saliva. Attached to vertical cliff wall or on ledge.

Nesting Facts
Egg Description:White
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Behavior Aerial ForagerBack to top


Conservation Low ConcernWhite-throated Swift populations appear to have declined across much of their range between 1966 and 2015, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 1.1 million with 67% spending part of the year in the U.S., 64% in Mexico, and 1% breeding in Canada. The species rates an 11 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score and is not on the 2016 State of North America's Birds Watch List. Back to top


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Partners in Flight (2017). Avian Conservation Assessment Database. 2017.

Ryan, Thomas P. and Charles T. Collins. (2000). White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Sauer, J. R., D. K. Niven, J. E. Hines, D. J. Ziolkowski Jr., K. L. Pardieck, J. E. Fallon, and W. A. Link (2017). The North American Breeding Bird Survey, Results and Analysis 1966–2015. Version 2.07.2017. USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD, USA.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

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