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Black Swift
Cypseloides niger

Nighthawks and Swifts
Swift Family (Apodidae)

Size: Length: 18 cm

Description: Fairly common, the black swift nests in narrow, mountain canyons. It is a dark, swallow-like bird with a light coloured forehead. The tail is slightly forked. The wings seem longer than necessary, and are smooth and pointed. They catch insects on the wing, and nest on the ledges of canyons or behind waterfalls. They are monogamous, and somewhat colonial, with several pairs nesting in the same area. The simple nest may be built on top of former nests. They lay a single egg in mid-summer, and the young are fed regurgitated insects. Confirmed nesting sites include Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park and Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park.

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