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Swift, Pallid
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Apus pallidus
Africa, Albania, Angola, Asia, Atlantic Islands, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, British Isles, Bulgaria, Central Africa, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, East Africa, Eastern Europe excluding Russia, England, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Horn of Africa, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Maldives, Middle East, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, North Africa, Northern Cape Province Read more
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In Europe, the breeding population is estimated to number 39000-160000 breeding pairs, equating to 117000-480000 individuals (BirdLife International 2004). Europe forms 25-49% of the global range, so a very preliminary estimate of the global population size is 250000-2000000 individuals, although fu ...
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Swifts have very short legs which they use only for clinging to vertical surfaces. The scientific name comes from the Ancient Greek απους, apous, meaning "without feet". They never settle voluntarily on the ground. Swifts spend most of their lives in the air, living on the insects they catch in their beaks. They drink on the wing. ...
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