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Common Swift

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Small, migratory birds, the Common Swift calls Britain and northern Europe home. In the colder months, they can be found in southern Africa.
 
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Description

Latin Name: Apus apus Conservation Status: Least Concern
Distribution: Northern Europe, Southern Africa, breeding in Europe, northern Asia, wintering in Africa south of the Sahara.
 

The Common Swift can usually be found nesting in human occupied areas. Small holes in buildings, chimneys and roof corners are some of their favourite places to nest. These small birds have very short legs, opting not to land on the ground very often. The name 'Apus' is Greek for 'without feet'.

 

Classification

- Kingdom: Animalia
 - Phylum: Chordata
  - Class: Aves
   - Order: Apodiformes
    - Family: Apodidae
     - Genus: Apus
      - Species: A. Apus
 

         
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