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Bird  Swift

Swift - Photo © Copyright 2007 Steve Botham
Photo: Steve Botham

UK Safari Tip:
Get help identifying birds with the superbly illustrated "Top 50 Garden Birds" identification chart - click here

Latin name: Apus apus

Size: Wingspan approximately 40cm.

Found in most parts of the UK.

Months seen: May to August

Habitat: Can be seen flying almost anywhere. They breed in towns and villages.

Food: Insects which they catch in flight

Special features: The photo above shows the typical view most people get of a swift as it darts across the sky. A black boomerang-shaped silhouette. With it's long pointed wings the swift lives up to its name, being extremely agile and fast in flight. They are rarely seen on the ground, and they never perch on wires like swallows and martins. It's believed swifts even sleep on the wing.

The plumage of the swift is a uniform grey-brown with a white patch around the throat.

Swifts spend the winter months in Africa.

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