- Apus caffer
14 cm (5½ in)
- Dark overall plumage
- Pale throat patch
- Narrow white rump in the shape of a broad 'U' pointing down the tail
- Short forked tail
- Long swept-back wings
Africa and southern Europe. In Europe found locally in Spain and Portugal. In Africa locally in Morocco and widespread south of the Sahara. Found in Western, Central, Eastern and Southern Africa, avoiding tropical forest.
Aerial, over open country and Eucalyptus plantations.
The diet mainly consists of flying insects.
Monogamous; sometimes breed cooperatively. They often occupy the nests of Little Swifts and swallows (for example in Portugal they often take over nests of Red-rumped Swallow. Once occupied, the nest is lined with feathers and saliva, and 1-2 eggs are laid.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2022) White-rumped Swift. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 26 May 2022 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/White-rumped_Swift