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White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)
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White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)

General Description: White-throated Swifts (Aeronautes saxatalis) are small, cigar-shaped birds with long, narrow, pointed wings. They are dark gray on the wings and black-and-white on the body. Swifts are always seen flying; they never land on wires like Swallows.

Taxonomy: Apodiformes, Apodidae, Apodinae.

Favored Habitat: The open air in the mountains; seen in all habitats during migration.

White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)

Where to Find: White-throated Swifts are common in the mountains around Las Vegas during summer, and some might say in the area during winter. Look for them up on Mt. Charleston.

Comments: White-throated Swifts nest in cracks and cavities in rocky cliffs.

White-throated Swifts have white on the flanks and can be mistaken for Violet-green Swallows.

White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis) Notice the expanded throat pouch; this swift is carrying a load of food back to the nest.
White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis) White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)
White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)
White-throated Swift; note the long, pointed wing
White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)
Flying in level flight and doing a little gliding
White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis) White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)
White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis) White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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