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Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift (Panyptila cayennensis)
Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift (Panyptila cayennensis veraecrucis)
Tikal PN, Petén, Guatemala
Characteristic species with clefted tail which is often held together like seen here. The straight cut black chest contra the white head is characteristic for this species and Greater Swallow-tailed Swift. They both also have a white patch on the side of the rump. A species with a solitary behavior, like this bird that was seen alone. Greater Swallow-tailed Swift is very similar but larger and is normally found in mountainous regions within its range - normally not seen in Tikal.