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Fork-tailed Swift

(Apus pacificus)
Alternate name(s): "White-rumped Swift", "Pacific Swift"
Size: 17-18 cm

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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

Race "pacificus"

ADULT

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

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

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

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

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

Moulting 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

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

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

Food, Diet

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

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