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White-rumped Swift
Apus caffer

Map of the common names


Slightly smaller (L 14 cm) than Swift (Apus apus), with narrow white rump patch and white trailing edge to wing. Nests in caves at coastal mountains, in holes in slopes, buildings or under bridges. In Spain, mainly in old nests of Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica). Feeds on insects. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

It was first discovered in Europe in 1966. The present breeding population is about some tens and is increasing. The main threats for this species are pesticides which seriously reduce or eleiminate populations of insects and destruction of nests of Red-rumped Swallow.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : 50 / 100 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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