Scientific Name: Apus pacificus Common Name: Fork-tailed Swift Other Name: Pacific Swift
Identifying Features: black body, presence of a white band, forked tail, greyer head, underwings are brown
- When the parents cannot find sufficient food in bad weather, the young can survive for days without being fed by metabolising body fat.
- The Pacific swift is a colonial species which nests in sheltered locations such as caves, crevices in vertical rock faces (including sea-cliffs), or under the eaves of houses.
- Swifts spend most of their time in flight.
This image was clicked by Brian McCauley – via Flickr.
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