Traditional Nest-site Use by Chestnut-collared Swifts

Charles T. Collins


In Trinidad, Chestnut-collared Swifts have been reported nesting in the same Guacharo Gorge (= Dunstan Cave) for about 70 years. This site, in upper Arima Valley on the grounds of the Asa Wright Nature Centre, was first mentioned by Belcher and Smooker (1936) and the swifts nesting there were extensively studied by Snow (1962) and Collins (1968, 1974). Snow recorded one particular Chestnut-collared Swift nest used in four successive years and, after being washed away, rebuilt the following year near the original position.

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