Black Swift

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  • Species Common Name Black Swift
  • Species Scientific Name Cypseloides niger borealis
  • State Listing Status Sensitive


Special needs

Black Swifts use crevices and ledges for nest sites. Their nests are typically associated with waterfalls that have limited light. They forage over large areas and at high elevations.

Limiting factors

Given their strict nesting requirements, Black Swifts are limited in their distribution and uncommon in Oregon.

Conservation actions

Limit human disturbance and habitat alteration to waterfall nesting locations. Minimize disturbance or alteration to surrounding forestlands. Maintain water flow at occupied sites. Improve detection methods.

Key reference or plan

Black Swift (Cypseloides niger): A Technical Conservation Assessment