Size:  6.5”

Plumage/Description:  This distinctive species is unmistakable.  Back, tail, and long, thin wings are black.  White patches on the sides of the rump, and a white throat and breast.

Habitat:  Pinyon/Juniper

Time of year:  Spring, Summer

Relative Abundance:  Fairly Common

Behavior:  An aerial gleaner.  Behavior characterized by strong, rapid flight as they forage for food.  Gregarious; typically occurs in small, chattering flocks.  In the Central Highlands area this species usually occurs near granite cliffs, such as in the Dells, or near mountainous cliffs.  Rarely will you see this species outside its preferred habitat.  It was difficult to establish a habitat type where cliffs occur, but typically the vegetation type in areas where there are Granite cliffs consists of pinyon and juniper trees.

Diet:  Insects

Similar species:  Black Swift, Vaux’s Swift, and swallow species

Best Sites:  Granite Dells off of Highway 89 in Prescott, Granite Mountain.