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African Palm Swift

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Photo by xentoxLiberia, September 2005
Photo by xentox
Liberia, September 2005
Cypsiurus parvus


[edit] Identification

Length 15-16 cm, mass 10-18 g. Pale brown. Slender, with long swept-back wings, a long and deeply forked tail, and very short legs which they use only for clinging to vertical surfaces.

[edit] Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa and south-western Arabia
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola

Subspecies myochrousPhoto by Valéry SchollaertLukuba Island Lodge, Lake Victoria, Tanzania September 2010
Subspecies myochrous
Photo by Valéry Schollaert
Lukuba Island Lodge, Lake Victoria, Tanzania September 2010

Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland
African Islands: Gulf of Guinea Islands, Bioko (Fernando Po), Sao Tome, Principe, Madagascar
Middle East: Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies[1]

There are eight subspecies:

  • C. p. parvus
  • C. p. brachypterus
  • C. p. myochrous
  • C. p. laemostigma
  • C. p. hyphaenes
  • C. p. celer
  • C. p. griveaudi
  • C. p. gracilis

[edit] Habitat

Open country, strongly associated with oil palms and other palm trees.

[edit] Behaviour

They spend most of their lives in the air.

[edit] Breeding

They build a nest of down and feather which is attached by saliva to the underside of a palm leaf. The clutch consists of 2 eggs.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects which are aerially hawked.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase

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