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.
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.
Similar species: Black Swift, Vaux’s Swift, and swallow species
Best Sites: Granite Dells off of Highway 89 in Prescott, Granite Mountain.