Alpine Swift
Apus melba

– medium-sized near-passerine, significantly larger than Common Swift
– diurnal/nocturnal migrant
– migrates singly or in small very loose parties


Alpine Swift Apus melba
BIF2589, 16/05/2008, Monfrague, Spain, Martin Grimm
– unmistakable!

Alpine Swift Apus melba
BIF2590, 28/01/2014, Fort Portal, Uganda, Mathias Putze
– very long wings and white belly diagnostic even at greater distance

voice: calls in flight not yet sound recorded

comparison species:
Common Swift (v)
Pallid Swift (v)
Pacific Swift (v)

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