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Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Streptoprocne zonaris (White-collared Swift)


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Species Description
The White-Collared Swift is a large, non-migratory swift, recognizable with its black plumage and distinctive white collar, found in central Mexico and the Caribbean south to Peru and northern Argentina; it makes use of a wide range of habitats, save for the more arid zones. It is a highly aerial bird, with a fast, mostly gliding flight; its feet are useless for walking or horizontal perching, but are excellent for vertical perches. The White-Collared Swift eats flying insects that are caught on the wing, and it will travel long distances to feed. It is a highly gregarious species, nesting in large groups along the ledges of caves (the entrance to which is often hidden behind a waterfall; a group of swifts is known as a “box”, “screaming frenzy” or “swoop”.
Skeletal Elements Available

Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Left Tibiotarsus and Fibula (Left Middle Leg Bones)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)

Sternum (Breast Bone)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia White-collared Swift Page

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