Common swift

These enthusiastic travelers can be seen almost worldwide in different seasons

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A remarkable bird renowned for its extraordinary long-distance migrations, impressive aerial acrobatics, and highly social behavior. Found across much of Europe and parts of Asia and Africa, these sleek and agile birds are a common sight in the skies during the warmer months of the year.

One of the most striking features of the Common swift is its large wingspan, which enables it to undertake epic journeys across vast distances. These long-distance migrants are known for their remarkable endurance, capable of flying for extended periods without the need for rest or respite. In fact, Common Swifts have been documented flying for up to ten months without landing—a feat unmatched by any other bird species.

During their migrations, Common swifts often travel, hunt, roost, and nest in large groups, forming swirling flocks that maneuver effortlessly through the air in pursuit of flying insects. Their mastery of aerial foraging allows them to snatch prey mid-flight with astonishing precision and agility, sustaining themselves on a diet of insects gathered during their high-speed flights.

When it comes time to breed, Common swifts demonstrate remarkable nesting behaviors, constructing their nests in a variety of locations, including trees and buildings. The nest cup, meticulously crafted from feathers, vegetable matter, and saliva, serves as a cozy home for the incubating eggs and subsequent chicks. Both parents share the responsibilities of nest-building, incubation, and chick-rearing, ensuring the success of their offspring.

Interestingly, Common swifts exhibit a preference for vertical nesting sites, such as the eaves of buildings or the hollows of trees. This strategic choice helps to protect their nests from potential predators, such as opportunistic birds of prey or climbing mammals, thereby increasing the likelihood of successfully raising their young to fledging.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2016
Breeding
Albania
2016
Breeding
Algeria
2016
Andorra
2016
Breeding
Angola
2016
Armenia
2016
Breeding
Austria
2016
Breeding
Azerbaijan
2016
Breeding
Bahrain
2016
Passage
Belarus
2016
Breeding
Belgium
2016
Breeding
Benin
2016
Bosnia And Herz.
2016
Breeding
Botswana
2016
Bulgaria
2016
Breeding
Burkina Faso
2016
Burundi
2016
Cameroon
2016
Cape Verde
2016
Vagrant
Central Af. Rep.
2016
Chad
2016
China
2016
Breeding
Comoros
2016
Vagrant
Congo-Brazzaville
2016
Croatia
2016
Breeding
Cyprus
2016
Breeding
Czechia
2016
Breeding
Côte D’ivoire
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Denmark
2016
Djibouti
2016
Egypt
2016
Equatorial Guinea
2016
Eritrea
2016
Estonia
2016
Breeding
Eswatini
2016
Ethiopia
2016
Faroe Islands
2016
Finland
2016
France
2016
Gabon
2016
Gambia
2016
Georgia
2016
Breeding
Germany
2016
Ghana
2016
Gibraltar
2016
Breeding
Greece
2016
Guinea-Bissau
2016
Guinea
2016
Hong Kong
2016
Vagrant
Hungary
2016
Breeding
Iceland
2016
Vagrant
India
2016
Breeding
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Ireland
2016
Breeding
Israel
2016
Breeding
Italy
2016
Jordan
2016
Passage
Kazakhstan
2016
Breeding
Kenya
2016
Kuwait
2016
Passage
Kyrgyzstan
2016
Breeding
Latvia
2016
Breeding
Lebanon
2016
Lesotho
2016
Liberia
2016
Libya
2016
Liechtenstein
2016
Breeding
Lithuania
2016
Breeding
Luxembourg
2016
Breeding
Malawi
2016
Maldives
2016
Mali
2016
Malta
2016
Breeding
Mauritania
2016
Moldova
2016
Breeding
Mongolia
2016
Breeding
Montenegro
2016
Breeding
Morocco
2016
Mozambique
2016
Namibia
2016
Nepal
2016
Breeding
Netherlands
2016
Breeding
Niger
2016
Nigeria
2016
North Macedonia
2016
Breeding
Norway
2016
Breeding
Oman
2016
Passage
Pakistan
2016
Breeding
Poland
2016
Breeding
Portugal
2016
Breeding
Qatar
2016
Passage
Romania
2016
Breeding
Russia
2016
Breeding
Rwanda
2016
Saint Helena
2016
Vagrant
Saint Pierre
2016
Non-Breeding
Saudi Arabia
2016
Passage
Senegal
2016
Serbia
2016
Breeding
Seychelles
2016
Vagrant
Sierra Leone
2016
Slovakia
2016
Breeding
Slovenia
2016
Breeding
Somalia
2016
Vagrant
South Africa
2016
South Sudan
2016
Passage
Spain
2016
Breeding
Sudan
2016
Svalbard
2016
Vagrant
Sweden
2016
Breeding
Switzerland
2016
Breeding
Syria
2016
Tajikistan
2016
Breeding
Tanzania
2016
Togo
2016
Tunisia
2016
Turkey
2016
Breeding
Turkmenistan
2016
Breeding
UAE
2016
Passage
Uganda
2016
Ukraine
2016
United Kingdom
2016
Breeding
United States
2016
Vagrant
Uzbekistan
2016
Breeding
Yemen
2016
Passage
Zambia
2016
Zimbabwe
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic / Monomorphic (size)

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No