Alpine Swift

These birds 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.

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The Alpine Swift is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Alpine Swift - Tachymarptis melba Martinet à ventre blanc = Martinet à ventre blanc Gallery : © Alex et Marie Beauquenne Site web : favieres-photos-nature. More

The Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba) syn. (Apus melba) is a small bird, superficially similar to a large Barn Swallow or House Martin. It is, however, completely unrelated to those passerine species, since swifts are in the order Apodiformes. The resemblances between the groups are due to convergent evolution, reflecting similar life styles. These birds have very short legs which they use only for clinging to vertical surfaces. More

Synonym of alpine swift in thesaurus Alpine swift Translation = Alpine swift Translation Available on the following languages: English Spanish Italian German Japanese Hebrew Other languages Alpine swift in English small bird that breeds in mountains from south Europe to the Himalaya Dictionary source: Babylon English-English More: English to English translation of alpine swift Alpine swift in Spanish ave alpina, pequeño pájaro que prolifera en las montañas del More

Alpine Swift over St Mary's, Isles of Scilly Published on the cover of Birding World, January 1993. More

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Alpine Swifts breed in mountains from southern Europe to the Himalaya. Like Common Swifts, they are strongly migratory, and winter much further south in southern Africa. They wander widely on migration, and are regularly seen in much of southern Europe and Asia. The species seems to have been much more widespread during the last ice age, with a large colony breeding for example at Komarowa Cave near Częstochowa, Poland, around 40,000-20,000 years ago (Tomek & Bocheński 2005). More

Alpine swift (Tachymarptis melba) = Species information - * Facts & Status * Description * Glossary & References * All * Videos and images Alpine swift in flight Alpine swift in flight Species related by - * Family group More

Alpine Swift determination Similar species Apodidae Alpine Swift | Chimney Swift | Fork-tailed Swift | Pallid Swift | Plain Swift | Swift | White-Rumped Swift | White-Throated Needletail | source: yoututbe Links to European databases Alpine Swift EU report (PDF) Birdlife factsheet of Alpine Swift Alpine Swift EU population More

The Alpine swift is patchily distributed across sub-Saharan Africa, and is most common in southern Africa, especially in Namibia and South Africa. It forages in mixed species flocks, along with other swifts and swallows, and can travel up to about 1000 km's in a day! It tends to fly at extremely high altitudes, however it does occasionally come down to the ground to feed on grasshoppers, honey bees, etc. More

their greater bulk, Alpine Swifts can be told from other swifts by the striking white patch on the belly and the fact that the rest of the plumage is much browner than on other swifts. Beware that some 'swifts with white bellies' turn out to be partial albino swifts so check that the belly is neatly defined, that the plumage is brown, not sooty, and, if you can, try to see the white throat patch which would be diagnostic of Alpine Swift. More

The Alpine swift in Spain is a summer visitor (Mar-Oct). Winters in Subsaharan Africa. Found chiefy in east, particularly in Catalonia, where it seems to be increasing. Not common. 5,000-10,000 pairs. Breeds in Melilla. The Alpine swift is the largest swift in Spain. More

Alpine Swift, Dorset, Weymouth 18th May 2002 © Martin Cade too low and too fast to 'scope - had to rely on just the Coolpix 3x zoom! Visit the Portland Bird Observatory website at More

Alpine Swift - Definition = Alpine Swift Alpine Swift Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Apodiformes Family: Apodidae Genus: Apus Species: melba Binomial name More

Alpine Swift at Sizewell - The question that's bothering me is was this a twitch ? After all Sizewell is one of my regular haunts when visiting my old East Suffolk stomping ground but I suppose I have to admit that I did go specifically to see the Alpine ! Like to say we, my father and I, picked it up straight away but it took 2 trips due to a pre arranged meeting Saturday. More

Order : Apodiformes
Family : Apodidae
Genus : Tachymarptis
Species : melba
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)