Vaux's Swift


Vaux?s swift (Chaetura vauxi) is yellow listed (not at risk) in British Columbia. At dusk they gather in the darkening skies, wheeling around for 20 or 30 minutes before swooping dramatically into a brick chimney or hollow tree trunk.

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Biodiversity Interactive Map - Vaux's Swift

Range

  • Breeds throughout western North America where suitable nesting structures occur
  • Occurs throughout south and central B.C. also on the northwest coast of B.C.
  • Throughout the Columbia Basin

Habitat

  • Nests and roosts in hollow trees in mature forests.
  • Forages often at rivers and wetlands. Also forages at higher altitudes over a wide variety of habitats.
  • Often roosts in large flocks in hollow trees or chimneys during spring and fall migration. Towns with older houses and historic buildings are most likely to support nesting birds.

Reproduction

  • Nests are made of sticks glued with saliva to the vertical inside wall of a tree or chimney
  • Clutch size is 3-7 (usually 4-7)
  • Incubation lasts 18-20 days
  • Young leave nest after 20-21 days

Listing and Date

Listing Date
B.C. List Yellow
COSEWIC Not Assessed
SARA

Threats to Species

  • Not at risk

Select Reports

Still on?: FWCP Vaux's Swift Watch Program, visit www.fwcp.ca, email [email protected] or call 250 352 6874

For more information on this species, visit The BC Species and Ecosystem Explorer and enter "Vaux?s swift" in the species Name field.

 

SPECIES

Amphibians
Columbia Spotted Frog
Long-toed Salamander
Northern Leopard Frog
Western Toad

Birds
Common Nighthawk
Great Blue Heron
Harlequin Duck
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Northern Goshawk
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Vaux’s Swift
Western Screech Owl
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat

Fish
Bull Trout
White Sturgeon

Flora
Common Camas
Whitebark Pine

Mammals
Badger
Big Brown Bat
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
Elk
Grizzly Bear
Selkirk Least Chipmunk
Moose
Mountain Caribou
Mountain Goat
Mule Deer
California Myotis
Fringed Myotis
Little Brown Myotis
Long-eared Myotis
Long-legged Myotis
Northern Myotis
Yuma Myotis
Silver-Haired Myotis
Townsend's Big-eared Bat
White-tailed Deer
Wolverine
Yellow-pine Chipmunk

Reptiles
Western Painted Turtle
Western Yellow-bellied Racer
Western Skink

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