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Common Swift

Apus apus

Apodiformes - Apoidae - Swifts

Distribution: W Palearctic E to L Baikal, SE towards Iran; winters from Zaire and Tanzania S to Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Habitat: Range of habitats from desert to Mediterranean Zones

Diet: Prey up to 12mm taken, mostly insects & spiders.

Breeding: Colonial nesters - nests approx. 1m apart. Nest site chosen by male. Nest in buildings, tree hollows & rock crevices. Nest cop constructed from small pieces of vegetable matter, feathers & saliva - 125 x 110mm

Clutch size: 1 - 4

Incubation: 19 days

Fledge age: 42 days


There are no protocols yet for the Common Swift.

Please keep us up-to-date and contact us with your own updates or new protocols for rearing the Common Swift.


Falciot Negre Swift Rehabilitation Facebook page

Hand-reared common swifts (Apus apus) in a wildlife rehabilitation centre: assessment of growth rates using different diets

Website by Enric Fuste dedicated to hand rearing Common Swift for re-release

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