Even the stork in the sky Knows her seasons; And the turtledove and the swift and the thrush Observe the time of their migration; But My people do not know The ordinance of the LORD. (Jeremiah 8:7 NASB)
CLASS – AVES, Order – APODIFORMES, Family – Hemiprocnidae – Treeswifts
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Crested Treeswift (Hemiprocne coronata)
Grey-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis)
Whiskered Treeswift (Hemiprocne comata)
Moustached Treeswift (Hemiprocne mystacea)
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Treeswifts or crested swifts are a family, Hemiprocnidae, of aerial near passerine birds, closely related to the true swifts. The family contains a single genus, Hemiprocne, with four species. They are distributed from India and South East Asia through Indonesia to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
Treeswifts are small to medium sized swifts. They have long wings, with most of the length coming from the length of the primaries; their arms are actually quite short. They visibly differ from the other swifts in matters of plumage, which is softer, and they have crests or other facial ornaments, and long forked tails. Anatomically they are separated from the true swifts by skeletal details in the cranium and palate, the anatomy of the tarsus, and a non-reversible hind toe which is used for perching on branches (an activity that true swifts are unable to engage in). The males have iridescent mantle plumage. (Wikipedia with editing)
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