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Bird name:

Swift

Apus apus

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Swifts (Apodidae)

BTO 2

SI

BTO 5

SWIFT

Euring 5

07950
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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Swift is a summer resident in the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has an "Amber" status because of recent population declines.

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Overview

Swift: One of the fastest birds in the world, they are black-brown overall with a pale grey or cream chin. Wings are long and swept-back, tail is short and forked. Legs and feet are black. They spend most of their life aloft and have a "grasping foot" which allows them to cling to vertical surfaces.


Range and Habitat

Swift: Summer visitor to the UK and Ireland, more common in the south, east. Arrives at the end of April; leaves for southern Africa in August. May be seen high in the sky over most habitats as it ranges widely in search of food. Breeds from the Arctic Circle to Northern Africa and east into Asia.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Jean Roche Sound

Swift 3

  • Title: Swift 3
  • Description: "Swee" calls.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 21, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Voice Text

"vzz-vzz", "screeeeee", "scirrrrrrr"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Swifts may fly as much as 560 miles per day during the nesting season.
  • It was once believed they hibernated in the mud at the bottom of lakes. In actuality, they migrate to Africa.
  • Young can enter a semi-torpid state if there is bad weather or a food shortage; this allows them to survive on very little food for 10-15 days.
  • A group of swifts are collectively known as a "box", "flock", "screaming frenzy", and "swoop" of swifts.

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Gary Owen Dick

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Michael Oberhofer

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