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


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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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