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African Palm Swift
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.
Sub-Saharan Africa and south-western Arabia
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
There are eight subspecies:
Open country, strongly associated with oil palms and other palm trees.
They spend most of their lives in the air.
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.
The diet includes insects which are aerially hawked.
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