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Rothschild's Swift Cypseloides rothschildi
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This species has a moderately small, declining population within which all its subpopulations are believed to be small. It is consequently classified as Near Threatened.

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.
SACC. 2006. A classification of the bird species of South America. Available at: #

Distribution and population
Cypseloides rothschildi occurs in north-west Argentina (Jujuy, Salta, Tucumán, Catamarca, Santiago del Estero, Formosa, La Rioja and Córdoba), south-east Bolivia (Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca and Tarija), with one record from Cuzco in south Peru (Armonía 1995, Chantler and Driessens 1995, J. C. Chebez in litt. 1999). It has been recorded in forest and open country at 800-2,000 m, but very little is known of its behaviour or status.

Population justification
The population is preliminarily estimated to number 10,000-19,999 individuals. This equates to 6,667-13,333 mature individuals, rounded here to 6,000-15,000 mature individuals. The estimate requries confirmation.

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

It is probably most common in ravines and gorges of wet montane areas with numerous waterfalls for breeding sites (Chantler and Driessens 1995).

Large tracts of the yungas forests in the core of its range have been cleared, particularly in Argentina, owing to logging of valuable timber, conversion for agriculture, plantations of Pinus spp., road-building and human colonisation (Vervoorst 1979, WWF/IUCN 1997).

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known. Conservation Actions Proposed
Study its ecological and habitat requirements. Study threats. Clarify its distribution in Bolivia and its presence in Peru. Clarify whether it makes seasonal movements. Protect areas of suitable habitat and safeguard against clearance and encroachment.

Armonía. 1995. Lista de las aves de Bolivia. Armonía, Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Chantler, P.; Driessens, G. 1995. Swifts: a guide to the swifts and treeswifts of the world. Pica Press, Robertsbridge, U.K.

Vervoorst, F. 1979. La vegetación del noroeste argentino y su degradación. Fundación Miguel Lillo, Serie Conservación de la Naturaleza: 5-9.

WWF/IUCN. 1997. Centres of plant diversity: the Americas. IUCN, Cambridge, UK.

Further web sources of information
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Text account compilers
Babarskas, M., Benstead, P., Capper, D., Sharpe, C J, Symes, A.

Chebez, J.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Cypseloides rothschildi. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Near Threatened
Family Apodidae (Swifts)
Species name author Zimmer, 1945
Population size 6000-15000 mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 167,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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