Vaux's Swift

Animal Guide : Birds

Vaux's Swift
Fun Fact:
Twice each year, migrating Vaux's Swifts put on a coordinated aerial dance at dusk.

What's for Lunch:

Where's Home:
Pacific Northwest in summer, Central America in winter

Scientific Name:
Chaetura vauxi

Animal Guide : Birds


Vaux's Swifts pass through Southern California twice each year, bound for the Pacific Northwest in spring, and Central America in the fall. People gather to watch flocks of these virtuoso flyers spin and swirl in unison before spiraling down into a tree or a chimney to roost. Seeing Vaux's Swifts at the lagoon is a rare siting.