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Common Swift

(Apus apus)
Alternate name(s): "Swift*"
German name(s): "Mauersegler"

Size: 17-18.5 cm; wingspan: 40-44 cm
Weight: 30-55 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Swift at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Outline of a Common Swift in flight against diffuse background light
[Rheinaue near Kiedrich, Rheinhessen, Germany, May 2010]

Food, Diet

Like other swifts, Common Swifts are insect hunters. They catch and devour their prey in-flight. Common Swifts also drink in-flight and, apart from nesting, will always be airborne.


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

comswft_dw_20160529_2.mp3 (Poland) Contact calls (in-flight) © DW
comswft_dw_20160728.m4a (Poland) Contact calls (in-flight) © DW
comswft_dw_20170729.m4a (Poland) Hawking for insects (in-flight) © DW

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