File:African Black Swift (Apus barbatus) in flight, above and side ...

African Black Swift

Apus barbatus


The African Black Swift or African Swift, Apus barbatus, is a small bird in the swift family. It breeds in Africa discontinuously from Liberia, Cameroon, Zaire, Uganda and Kenya south to South Africa, and on Madagascar. The breeding habitat is damp mountains, typically between 1,600 - 2,400 m, but less often at lower altitudes. This species feeds readily over lowland, and can form very large flocks, often with other gregarious swifts. From a great spot at the top of a cliff at Hlokozi, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The nominate South African subspecies is migratory, wintering further north. Other subspecies are resident. Of the other seven accepted forms, the most widespread is the small dark A. b. roehli of east Africa. Two other dark races, A. b. balstoni and A. b. mayottensis, are restricted to Madagascar and the Comoro Islands respectively. It has been suggested that some balstoni migrate to the continental mainland when not breeding, but this has not been proved. East African birds nest in hollow trees, whereas in South Africa this species uses cliffs, usually inland but also on the coast. The African Black Swift is a colonial breeder, sometimes forming mixed colonies with alpine swifts. The nest is a shallow grass cup glued to the substrate with saliva, and the typical clutch is one or two eggs. The African Black Swift is 16-18 cm long and bulky like a pallid swift; it appears entirely blackish-brown except for a small white or pale grey patch on the chin which is not visible from a distance. It has a short forked tail and very long swept-back wings that resemble a crescent or a boomerang. This species is very similar to common swift but can be distinguished under optimum viewing conditions by the contrast between its black back and paler secondary wing feathers. The heavier build also gives it a distinctive flight action, which consisted of a steady level flight interspersed with short glides. The call is a loud double rasped hissing scream zzzzzzzZZZTT, dissimilar to that of its confusion species.

 

African Black Swift photos and videos:

 




Links:

African Black Swift - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The African Black Swift or African Swift, Apus barbatus, is a small bird in the swift family. It breeds in Africa discontinuously from Liberia, Cameroon, Zaire ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Swift

Apus barbatus (African black swift, Black swift)
Apus barbatus (African black swift, Black swift) Swartwindswael [Afrikaans]; Ihlabankomo, Ihlankomo (generic names for swifts) [Xhosa]; iHlabankomo (generic name for ...
www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/apodi...

African Black Swift (Apus barbatus) - BirdLife species factsheet
Justification This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of ...
www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactshe...

Apus - (Genus) - Wildpro Disclaimer
Apus pallidus - Pallid swift; Apus barbatus - African swift; Apus berliozi - Forbes-Watson's swift; Apus bradfieldi - Bradfield's swift; Apus balstoni - Madagascar swift
wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/0AvApodif/apod...

Apus (genus) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pallid Swift, Apus pallidus; African Black Swift, Apus barbatus; Forbes-Watson's Swift, Apus berliozi; Bradfield's Swift, Apus bradfieldi; Malagasy Black Swift, Apus balstoni
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apus_(genus)

Apus Barbatus(Swift) a slope soaring/DLG/HLG in process of final ...
This bird is sweet! Flies great and looks great! only problem is is that i want it to ... Hey GA Remeber that seed thingey that has flex How about keeping the flex ...
www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t...

Animal Pictures Archive: Animal Photo Album - Apus apus apus
... Apus apus; Apus affinis; Apus melba; Apus pacificus; Channallabes apus; Apus unicolor; Apus pallidus; Platytroctes apus; Apus acuticauda; Apus balstoni; Apus barbatus; ...
www.animalpicturesarchive.com/list.php?q...

Apodidae – Swifts « Lee's Birdwatching Adventures Plus
African Black Swift (Apus barbatus) ____ (Apus barbatus glanvillei) ____ (Apus barbatus serlei) ____ (Apus barbatus roehli) ____ (Apus barbatus hollidayi)
leesbird.com/birds-world/fm/apodidae/

Swifts - info and games - Sheppard Software: Fun free online ...
Pallid Swift, Apus pallidus; African Swift, Apus barbatus; Forbes-Watson's Swift, Apus berliozi; Bradfield's Swift, Apus bradfieldi; Madagascar Swift, Apus balstoni
www.sheppardsoftware.com/content/animals...

birding facts Birding Resources by the Fat Birder for Apodidae
Pallid Swift Apus pallidus African Black Swift Apus barbatus Malagasy Black Swift Apus balstoni Fernando Po Swift Apus sladeniae Forbes-Watson's Swift Apus berliozi
www.fatbirder.com/species_and_families/n...

Apus - RC Groups
Last Post: Discussion Apus Barbatus(Swift) a slope soaring/DLG/HLG in process of final engineering: GreenAce92: Sailplane Talk: 3: Mar 01, 2009 09:29 AM
www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t...

Birds, birding and bird watching news in Sierra Leone
A flock of 15 – 20 swifts, identified as African Black Apus barbatus and Bates’s Swifts A. batesi, flew over the Kambui Hills, near Kenema, on 14 May 2009.
www.africanbirdclub.org/countries/Sierra...

Apodidae - Innvista Home
Apus. acuticauda, affinis, alexandri, apus, barbatus, batesi, berliozi, bradfieldi, caffer, horus, niansae, pacificus, pallidus, unicolor -- Swift
www.innvista.com/science/zoology/birds/a...

SmallBIRDS
Apus barbatus roehli Apus apus aequatorialis Apus niansae Turdidae Cossypha caphra iolaema Thamnolaea cinnamomeiventris Monticola r. rufocinereus Saxicola torquata
www.kerioview.com/SmallBIRDS.html

KENYA BIRDS CHECK LIST :Kenya birds Status of Permanence
Acacia Africa Birding Safaris & Holidays P.O. BOX 5763 ... Apus barbatus : African Swift
www.acaciaafricabirding.com/table.htm

Checklist of the Birds of the Kruger National Park
Common (European) Swift Apus apus: 145. Little Stint Calidris minuta: 205. African Black Swift Apus barbatus: 146. Sanderling Calidris alba: 206. White-rumped Swift Apus caffer
www.south-african-game-reserves.com/bird...

Bird List | Drakensberg Resort
147 Common Swift (411) Apus apus 149 African Black Swift (412) Apus barbatus 151 Little Swift (417) Apus affinis 152 Horus Swift (416) Apus horus 153 White-rumped Swift (415) Apus ...
www.cavern.co.za/birdlist.php

Swift - Definition | WordIQ.com - Dictionary, Encyclopedia and ...
Pallid Swift, Apus pallidus; African Swift, Apus barbatus; Forbes-Watson's Swift, Apus berliozi; Bradfield's Swift, Apus bradfieldi; Madagascar Swift, Apus balstoni
www.wordiq.com/definition/Swift

ITIS Standard Report Page: Apus balstoni - Integrated Taxonomic ...
Apus barbatus balstoni (Bartlett, 1880) Taxonomic Status: Current Standing: invalid - subsequent name/combination : Data Quality Indicators:
www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt...

CENTRAL DRAKENSBERG ACCOMMODATION, Champagne Valley Self Catering ...
Apus barbatus: 19: White-rumped Swift: Apus caffer: 20: Little Swift: Apus affinis: 21: Alpine Swift: Tachymarptis melba: 22: Speckled Mousebird: Colius striatus: 23: Malachite Kingfisher
www.centraldrakensberg.co.za/drakensberg...

 
 
 
© Twearth.com 2014 | Disclaimer