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1 March 2012 Food Habits of Two Fork-tailed Swifts in Venezuela
Charles T. Collins, Betsy Trent Thomas
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The aerial arthropod prey of Neotropical Palm Swifts (Tachornis squamata) and Lesser Swallow-tailed Swifts (Panyptila cayennensis) in Venezuela included seven Orders and 60 families of insects plus spiders and mites. Diptera were the most numerous prey (>50%) taken by both swifts. Prey size ranged from 0.5 to 7.9 mm and averaged 2.43 and 2.77 mm, respectively. Both prey type and foraging habitat differences of these swifts could be interpreted as mechanisms for resource partitioning.

Charles T. Collins and Betsy Trent Thomas "Food Habits of Two Fork-tailed Swifts in Venezuela," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124(1), 152-157, (1 March 2012). https://doi.org/10.1676/11-051.1
Received: 6 March 2011; Accepted: 29 September 2011; Published: 1 March 2012
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