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Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swift

(Apus pacificus)
Alternate name(s): "Pacific Swift", "Australian Swift", "White-belted Swift", "Large White-rumped Swift", "Siberian White-rumped Swift", "Migrant Swift"
Size: 17-18 cm
Weight: 26-52 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Fork-tailed Swift at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Frontal view of a Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swift in flight (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Whittaker's Lagoon, 20 km West of Moree, NSW, February 2013]

Frontal/ventral view of a Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swift in flight
[Eulah Creek, near Narrabri, NSW, November 2018]

Lateral/ventral view of a Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swift in flight
[Eulah Creek, near Narrabri, NSW, November 2018]

Lateral view of a Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swift in flight, wings down (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Tiwi, NT, October 2018]

Lateral view of a Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swift in flight, wings up (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Tiwi, NT, October 2018]

Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swift seen from underneath (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Whittaker's Lagoon, 20 km West of Moree, NSW, February 2013]

Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swift seen from underneath
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, March 2016]

Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swift seen from underneath
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, March 2016]

Dorsal/ventral view of a Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swift in flight
[Eulah Creek, near Narrabri, NSW, November 2018]

Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swifts hunting together with a flock of White-browed Woodswallows
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, December 2012]

Moulting Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swift that is missing some of its primaries (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Terry Hie Hie, NSW, January 2014]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Migratory Elementary unit: FLock



Examples of how Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swifts can shape their tails: forked, top, partly fanned, centre, and fully fanned, bottom
(photos courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Tiwi, NT, October 2018]

Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swifts have been observed by us hunting together with White-browed Woodswallows.

Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swifts hunting together with a flock of White-browed Woodswallows
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, December 2012]

Food, Diet

Like other swifts, Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swifts are insect hunters. They catch and devour their prey in-flight.

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