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Bradfield's Swift - BirdForum Opus

Photo byCollinBax
Welgemoed Dam, Cape Town, South Africa, March 2007
Apus bradfieldi

Identification

18 cm

  • Light brown upperparts
  • Black bill
  • Brown eyes
  • Black legs and feet

Distribution

South-western Africa. Found in Angola, Namibia and South Africa.

Common and not globally threatened.

Taxonomy

Forms a superspecies with Forbes-Watson's Swift, African Swift, Pallid Swift and Fernando Po Swift.

Subspecies

Two subspecies recognized[1]:

Habitat

Rocky hills, gorges, cliffs, dry open savannah and deserts.

Behaviour

Diet

They catch insects aerially, including bees.

Breeding

They nest in groups with up to 30 birds per colony. The nest is a thick half-cup built from grass, leaves, straw, twigs and feathers. The 2 eggs are laid between August and May.

In Culture

Named after Rupert D. Bradfield (1882-1949) a farmer and naturalist who lived in Namibia.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Namibian.org

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