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Scarce Swift Schoutedenapus myoptilus



Taxonomy

Taxonomic note
Schouteden's Swift Schoutendapus schoutedeni is now considered to represent dark juvenile or subadult Scarce Swift S. myoptilus of subspecies S. m. chapini (Fishpool 2019). Based on this, Schouteden's Swift is no longer considered to be a valid species, and is incorporated into Scarce Swift.

Taxonomic source(s)
Handbook of the Birds of the World and BirdLife International. 2019. Handbook of the Birds of the World and BirdLife International digital checklist of the birds of the world. Version 4. Available at: http://datazone.birdlife.org/userfiles/file/Species/Taxonomy/HBW-BirdLife_Checklist_v4_Dec19.zip.

IUCN Red List criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
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Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2019 Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency medium
Land-mass type Average mass 26 g
Range

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence (breeding/resident) 5,070,000 km2 medium
Severely fragmented? no -
Population
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
Population size unknown - - -
Population trend stable - suspected -
Generation length 5.1 years - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to vary considerably in status throughout its range (del Hoyo et al. 1999).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.


Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Presence Origin Resident Breeding visitor Non-breeding visitor Passage migrant
Angola extant native yes
Burundi extant native yes
Cameroon extant native yes
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the extant native yes
Equatorial Guinea extant native yes
Ethiopia extant native yes
Kenya extant native yes
Malawi extant native yes
Mozambique extant native yes
Rwanda extant native yes
South Sudan extant native yes
Sudan extant native yes
Tanzania extant native yes
Uganda extant native yes
Zambia extant native yes
Zimbabwe extant native yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Angola Mount Moco
Burundi Kibira National Park
Burundi Bururi Forest Nature Reserve
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Virunga National Park
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Forests west of Lake Edward
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Itombwe Mountains
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Mount Kabobo
Cameroon Mont Manengouba
Cameroon Mount Cameroon and Mokoko-Onge
Ethiopia Ankober - Debre Sina escarpment
Ethiopia Metu - Gore - Tepi forests
Ethiopia Bale Mountains National Park
Kenya Aberdare Mountains
Kenya Kikuyu Escarpment forest
Kenya Mount Kenya
Kenya Cherangani Hills
Kenya Mau forest complex
Kenya Mount Elgon (Kenya)
Malawi Misuku Hills Forest Reserves
Malawi Nyika National Park (Malawi)
Malawi Uzumara Forest Reserve
Malawi Mount Mulanje Forest Reserve
Mozambique Chimanimani Mountains (Mozambique)
Rwanda Volcans National Park
Rwanda Cyamudongo forest
Rwanda Nyungwe National Park
South Sudan Imatong mountains
Tanzania Arusha National Park and vicinity
Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro
Tanzania Mahali Mountain National Park
Tanzania Udzungwa National Park
Tanzania Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Tanzania Livingstone Mountains forests
Tanzania Njombe forests
Tanzania South Pare Mountains
Tanzania Rubeho Mountains
Tanzania Mount Rungwe
Tanzania Udzungwa Mountains
Tanzania Ukaguru Mountains
Tanzania Uluguru Mountains
Tanzania West Usambara Mountains
Tanzania Uvidunda Mountains
Uganda Echuya Forest Reserve
Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Uganda Ruwenzori (Rwenzori) Mountains National Park
Uganda Kibale National Park
Uganda Mount Elgon National Park
Uganda Mount Moroto Forest Reserve
Uganda Kidepo Valley National Park
Zambia Nyika National Park (Zambia)
Zimbabwe Nyanga mountains
Zimbabwe Nyanga lowlands/Honde valley
Zimbabwe Bvumba Highlands
Zimbabwe Chimanimani Mountains (Zimbabwe)

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Pastureland suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane suitable resident
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) major resident
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls) suitable resident
Altitude 500 - 2450 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Schoutedenapus myoptilus. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/scarce-swift-schoutedenapus-myoptilus on 05/12/2023.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 05/12/2023.