|Scientific name||Spougitis keaperens|
|Caves||Stream Slide, Tree of Life, Sand Kingdom|
|Poko value||× 5|
|Attacks||Kidnaps Pikmin, eats Pikmin|
- Diet: prey smaller than itself
- Predators: Flytrap Chrysanthemum
Swooping Sparrowheads look similar to their single-winged cousins. Their behavior resembles that of the real-world shrike: it hovers over its target, and then grabs its prey with its beak, flying out of reach to eat its capture. It is sometimes caught by Flytrap Chrysanthemums, its main predator.
- "This larger, more aggressive huntinpeck species has a rather disturbing method to secure prey: it swoops down and captures prey with its large beak, and then proceeds to gobble them up mid-flight. Sometimes it also brings them to a nearby thorn nest and keeps the food for later. It may be freaky to witness, but it is a rather interesting survival strategy in a challenging world."
Swooping Sparrowheads are best dealt with by Yellow Pikmin and Clover Pikmin, as both Pikmin are the only types to reach a Swooping Sparrowhead during flight. It will pause for a moment before it flies to attack, so strike it down first so it falls to the ground, then swarm it before it flies out of reach.