Apodidae – Swifts

White-throated Swift by Dave's BirdingPix

White-throated Swift by Dave’s BirdingPix

Even the stork in the heavens Knows her appointed times; And the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow Observe the time of their coming. But My people do not know the judgment of the LORD. (Jeremiah 8:7 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – APODIFORMES, Family – Apodidae – Swifts

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Species (113)

Spot-fronted Swift (Cypseloides cherriei) IBC
White-chinned Swift (Cypseloides cryptus) Oiseaux
White-fronted Swift (Cypseloides storeri) Drawing WorldBirds
Sooty Swift (Cypseloides fumigatus) WorldBirds
Rothschild’s Swift (Cypseloides rothschildi) Drawing SIB
American Black Swift (Cypseloides niger) ©WikiC
White-chested Swift (Cypseloides lemosi) IBC
Great Dusky Swift (Cypseloides senex) by AGrosset – Video
Tepui Swift (Streptoprocne phelpsi) IBC
Chestnut-collared Swift (Streptoprocne rutila) by RScanlon
White-collared Swift (Streptoprocne zonaris) by RScanlon
Biscutate Swift (Streptoprocne biscutata) ©Drawing WikiC
White-naped Swift (Streptoprocne semicollaris) ©Drawing WikiC
Giant Swiftlet (Hydrochous gigas) OBI
Plume-toed Swiftlet (Collocalia affinis)
Grey-rumped Swiftlet (Collocalia marginata)
Ridgetop Swiftlet (Collocalia isonota)
Tenggara Swiftlet (Collocalia sumbawae)
Drab Swiftlet (Collocalia neglecta)
Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta) by Nikhil
Satin Swiftlet (Collocalia uropygialis)
Cave Swiftlet (Collocalia linchi) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo OBI
Christmas Island Swiftlet (Collocalia natalis)
Bornean Swiftlet (Collocalia dodgei) OBI
Pygmy Swiftlet (Collocalia troglodytes) OBI
Seychelles Swiftlet (Aerodramus elaphrus) IBC
Mascarene Swiftlet (Aerodramus francicus) ©WikiC
Indian Swiftlet (Aerodramus unicolor) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo OBI
Philippine Swiftlet (Aerodramus mearnsi) IBC
Halmahera Swiftlet (Aerodramus infuscatus) IBC
Sulawesi Swiftlet (Aerodramus sororum) IBC
Seram Swiftlet (Aerodramus ceramensis) BirdForum
Mountain Swiftlet (Aerodramus hirundinaceus) Video IBC
White-rumped Swiftlet (Aerodramus spodiopygius) by Ian – Article
Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae) IBC
Himalayan Swiftlet (Aerodramus brevirostris) OBI
Volcano Swiftlet (Aerodramus vulcanorum) OBI
Whitehead’s Swiftlet (Aerodramus whiteheadi) OBI (Need Better)
Bare-legged Swiftlet (Aerodramus nuditarsus) ** Need Photo **
Mayr’s Swiftlet (Aerodramus orientalis) Drawing WBInfo
Mossy-nest Swiftlet (Aerodramus salangana) OBI
Uniform Swiftlet (Aerodramus vanikorensis) ©WikiC
Ameline Swiftlet (Aerodramus amelis)
Palau Swiftlet (Aerodramus pelewensis) WorldBirds
Mariana Swiftlet (Aerodramus bartschi) Video IBC
Island Swiftlet (Aerodramus inquietus) IBC
Tahiti Swiftlet (Aerodramus leucophaeus) Planet Scott
Atiu Swiftlet (Aerodramus sawtelli) WorldBirds
Marquesan Swiftlet (Aerodramus ocistus) – Sound  ** Need Photo **
Black-nest Swiftlet (Aerodramus maximus) by Ian
Edible-nest Swiftlet (Aerodramus fuciphagus) ©WikiC – Article
Germain’s Swiftlet (Aerodramus germani) ©WikiC
Three-toed Swiftlet (Aerodramus papuensis) Drawing Planetofbirds
Scarce Swift (Schoutedenapus myoptilus) Drawing Worldbirds
Schouteden’s Swift (Schoutedenapus schoutedeni) Drawing CollinsBirds – Photo EOL
Philippine Spine-tailed Swift (Mearnsia picina) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo OBI
Papuan Spine-tailed Swift (Mearnsia novaeguineae) – Video by Keith
Madagascan Spinetail (Zoonavena grandidieri) IBC
Sao Tome Spinetail (Zoonavena thomensis) ©Drawing WikiC
White-rumped Spinetail (Zoonavena sylvatica) OBI
Mottled Spinetail (Telacanthura ussheri) ©Drawing WikiC – Photo IBC
Black Spinetail (Telacanthura melanopygia) ©©Flickr
Silver-rumped Spinetail (Rhaphidura leucopygialis) OBI
Sabine’s Spinetail (Rhaphidura sabini) IBC
Cassin’s Spinetail (Neafrapus cassini) IBC
Böhm’s Spinetail (Neafrapus boehmi) IBC
White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus) by DavesBP –Article
Silver-backed Needletail (Hirundapus cochinchinensis) OBI
Brown-backed Needletail (Hirundapus giganteus) OBI
Purple Needletail (Hirundapus celebensis) OBI
Lesser Antillean Swift (Chaetura martinica) ©©Flickr
Band-rumped Swift (Chaetura spinicaudus) IBC
Costa Rican Swift (Chaetura fumosa) Oiseaux
Pale-rumped Swift (Chaetura egregia) IBC
Grey-rumped Swift (Chaetura cinereiventris) Oiseaux
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi) by DavesBP
Sick’s Swift (Chaetura meridionalis) WorldBirds
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) by DavesBP
Chapman’s Swift (Chaetura chapmani) Planetofbirds
Mato Grosso Swift (Chaetura viridipennis) WWImages
Short-tailed Swift (Chaetura brachyura) WorldBirds
White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis) by DavesBP
White-tipped Swift (Aeronautes montivagus) ©Drawing WikiC
Andean Swift (Aeronautes andecolus) ©Drawing WikiC
Antillean Palm Swift (Tachornis phoenicobia) ©WikiC
Pygmy Palm Swift (Tachornis furcata) ** Need Photo **
Neotropical Palm Swift (Tachornis squamata) by DavesBP
Great Swallow-tailed Swift (Panyptila sanctihieronymi) ©Drawing WikiC
Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift (Panyptila cayennensis) ©WikiC
African Palm Swift (Cypsiurus parvus)©WikiC – Video by Keith
Asian Palm Swift (Cypsiurus balasiensis) OBI
Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba) by Ian
Mottled Swift (Tachymarptis aequatorialis) IBC
Cape Verde Swift (Apus alexandri) IBC
Common Swift (Apus apus) by Ian
Plain Swift (Apus unicolor) IBC
Nyanza Swift (Apus niansae) IBC
Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) ©WikiC – Photo OBI
African Black Swift (Apus barbatus) ©WikiC – Video IBC
Malagasy Black Swift (Apus balstoni) ©©Flickr
Fernando Po Swift (Apus sladeniae) CharliesBirdBlog
Forbes-Watson’s Swift (Apus berliozi) WorldBirds
Bradfield’s Swift (Apus bradfieldi) ©WikiC
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus) by Ian
Salim Ali’s Swift (Apus salimalii) IBC
Blyth’s Swift (Apus leuconyx) WorldBirds
Cook’s Swift (Apus cooki) IBC – Photo Worldbirds
Dark-rumped Swift (Apus acuticauda) OBI
Little Swift (Apus affinis) ©WikiC
House Swift (Apus nipalensis) by Ian
Horus Swift (Apus horus) ©WikiC
White-rumped Swift (Apus caffer) by Ian
Bates’s Swift (Apus batesi) ©©Flickr


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Photographers or Videographers used on this page from our sidebar, Photography, are:
©Arthur Grosset’s Birds
Dave’s BirdingPix
Keith Blomerley – Videographer
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery-II
Robert Scanlon’s Gallery

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Swifts from PPeterson Field Guide to Western Birds

The swifts are a family, Apodidae, of highly aerial birds. They are superficially similar to swallows, but are actually not closely related to passerine species at all; swifts are in the separate order Apodiformes, which they share with hummingbirds. The treeswifts are closely related to the true swifts, but form a separate family, the Hemiprocnidae.

The resemblances between swifts and swallows are due to convergent evolution, reflecting similar life styles based on catching insects in flight.

The family scientific name comes from the Ancient Greek απους, apous, meaning “without feet”, since swifts have very short legs and never settle voluntarily on the ground, clinging instead to vertical surfaces. The tradition of depicting swifts without feet continued into the Middle Ages, as seen in the heraldic martlet. (Wikipedia with editing)

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