Black Swift Cypseloides niger

Family: Apodidae (Swifts)

Authority: (Gmelin, 1789)

Red List Category

Criteria: A2ace+3ce+4ace

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Justification of Red List category
The species is undergoing a rapid decline throughout North America. The reasons for the decline are uncertain, but possibly due to climate change and pesticide use. The rate of decline qualifies the species as Vulnerable; however, any increase in the rate may quickly result in the species warranting a status change.

Population size: 170000

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 13,000,000 km2

Country endemic: No

USFWS - Bird of Conservation Concern
Realm - Nearctic
Realm - Neotropical
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Cypseloides niger. Downloaded from on 30/09/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 30/09/2023.