White-collared Swift

(Streptoprocne zonaris)


A mid-sized black bird (for a swift, fairly large) with white ring encircling neck; squarish or slightly notched tail; long, slender, swept-back wings; to 21 cm (8.5 in). Top and bottom views shown. (Vencejo Collarejo, Vencejo).


Low, middle, and higher elevations, Caribbean and Pacific slopes; seen flying above all types of habitats; flies continuously.

Found in the following Parks:

Arenal Volcano National Park.
Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
Irazú Volcano National Park.
La Amistad National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Fotos).
Poás Volcano National Park.
Palo Verde National Park.
Rincón de La Vieja National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

White-collared Swift (Streptoprocne zonaris), Costa Rica