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Swift, Common
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Apus apus
Afghanistan, Africa, Alaska, Albania, Angola, Asia, Atlantic Islands, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, British Isles, Bulgaria, Burundi, Central Africa, China, Comores, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, East Africa, Eastern Cape Province, Eastern Europe excluding Russia, England, Estonia, Europe, Finland, France, Free State Province, Gauteng Province, Germany Read more
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In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 6,900,000-17,000,000 breeding pairs, equating to 20,700,000-51,000,000 individuals (BirdLife International 2004). Europe forms 25-49% of the global range, so a very preliminary estimate of the global population size is 40,000,000-200,000,000 ...
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The Common Swift (Apus apus) is a medium-sized bird, superficially similar to the Barn Swallow or House Martin but somewhat larger. It is, however, completely unrelated to those passerine species, since swifts are in the separate order Apodiformes. The resemblances between the groups are due to convergent evolution reflecting similar life styles. Swifts' nearest relatives are thought to be the New World hummingbirds and the Southeast Asian treeswifts. ...
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