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____________________________________________________________________________________________ Birds 145 Common Swifts

 

 

 

 

 

COMMON SWIFT Apus apus

 

         Common Swifts Apus apus are exclusively summer visitors to the UK, usually arriving during the first week of May (although the exact date will vary according to the prevailing weather conditions during their migration) and departing at the end of the summer. Their arrival will be noticed as it is accompanied by their high-pitched and not particularly musical shrieks. These birds are so well suited to the airborne life that practically the only activity that they cannot undertake in mid-air is laying eggs (and of course building the nests in the roofs of accessible houses to lay them in!). Dedicated nest-boxes can be purchased to accommodate them. Swifts are wonderfully streamlined and because of their rapid flight only likely to be predated upon by fast-flying and mobile falcons such as the Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo and the Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus.

 

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