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Common Swift

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

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Click here for sighting information


No photos of Common Swifts taken in Oman are available yet, but there are photos taken in Europe.

Food, Diet

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


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_jp_20200604.m4a (Portugal) Contact calls (in-flight) © JP
comswft_jp_20200605.m4a (Portugal) Contact calls (in-flight) © JP
comswft_jp_20190616.m4a (Portugal) Contact calls (in-flight) © JP
comswft_jp_20190616_2.m4a (Portugal) Contact calls (in-flight) © JP
comswft_dw_20160529.m4a (Poland) Contact calls (in-flight; distant) © DW
comswft_dw_20160728.m4a (Poland) Contact calls (in-flight; distant) © DW
comswft_dw_20170729.m4a (Poland) Hawking for insects (in-flight; distant) © DW

More Common Swift sound recordings are available at .

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