Pallid Swift
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Apodidae
Genus: Apus
Species: Apus pallidus
The pallid swift (apus pallidus) is a species of swift.


Very similar to the common swift. The two species have identical flight silhouette and dimensions, but the pallid swift has got a clearer and scaled plumage. The common swift's front is taller than the pallid swift's. The pallid swift has got white chin and front, like common swift.


It only eats flying insects. Its call is a triple "srriii-sriii-sriii" who allows to distinguish the pallid from the common swift, especially when the two species flock together, as they often do. The pallid swift's flight is slightly less agile than the common swift's. Pallid swifts, like other swifts, often form screaming parties. They nest in holes in cliffs and palaces.

Distribution and habitatEdit

Pallid swifts breed on cliffs and eaves around the Mediterranean and on the Canary Islands and Madeira, laying two eggs. Like swallows, they are migratory, winter in southern Africa or southeast Asia. They are rare north of their breeding areas, although they are likely to be under-recorded due to identification problems. Because of its more southerly range, pallid swift arrives earlier and leaves later than the closely related common swift, so particularly early or late swifts north of the normal range should be carefully observed.[1]

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