Fork-tailed Palm Swift (Tachornis squamata)
Fork-tailed Palm-swift, Belém, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image Belém, Pará, Brazil
October 2005

The Fork-tailed Palm Swift is distributed throughout most of the Amazon Basin and into central and eastern Brazil. It is found mainly in or near palm forest or along rivers and is often seen in towns and cities where there are urban parks as was the case in these photos.

Fork-tailed Palm-swift, Belém, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image It depends on palms, mainly buriti Mauritia, for nest sites and it builds its nest on withered leaves.

It is a small swift with a long, forked tail. It is almost black above and brownish below with a whitish throat and belly.

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