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Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)


The Pallid swift is a small, dark brown bird with a pallid forehead and throat patch. This species is between 16 and 17 cm long, and is very similar to the common swift (Apus apus), with separation only being possible with a good look. Like its relatives, it has a short forked tail and very long swept-back wings that resemble a crescent or a boomerang.


The species can be found all over the South of Europe, along the Mediterranean coasts and islands. In Madeira it is normally seen from riverbeds to mountains and in deep valleys. This bird migrates to Africa in the winter.


It feeds in the air, catching flying insects and drifting spiders.

Protected Status

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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