Observations in the Family: Apodidae

Common Name: Swifts or Windswaels

Showing all observations that have a likely ID using the The South African National Biodiversity Institute's southern African Species Dictionary

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Alpine swift, Witpenswindswael

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By: Alex Dreyer
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Location: Farm Kyffhäuser, Maltahöhe, Namibia
Observed: 18th December 2015
Added: 24th January 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
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Hartenbos Swift

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Location: Hartenbos
Observed: 16th December 2015
Added: 9th January 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Fighter Jets with feathers

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By: 17calbbievans
Friends of Tokai Park
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Location: Pringle Bay
Observed: 5th December 2015
Added: 18th December 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Swift vs Swallow

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By: sue marsden
Cola ConservancySedgefield Island Conservancy
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Location: Sedgefield Island
Observed: 24th November 2015
Added: 30th November 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:0
Description:

See interaction with Swallows under description.

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Little Swift

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By: 17calbbievans
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Location: A9e, Tokai Park
Observed: 24th November 2015
Added: 28th November 2015
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:4
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Avian fighter jet

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By: 17calbbievans
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Location: A17b, Tokai Park
Observed: 11th November 2015
Added: 14th November 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
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Downed swift

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By: sallyslak
Botanical Society of South Africa
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Location: Garden
Observed: 11th October 2015
Added: 14th October 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:4
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Description:

A pair swooshed into the office and one ended up on the floor.

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KNP Swift

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Location: skukuza to lowersabie
Observed: 17th September 2015
Added: 4th October 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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Swift

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Location: Mariental
Observed: 10th July 2015
Added: 19th July 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:4
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White-rumped swift, Witkruiswindswael

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By: Alex Dreyer
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Location: Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve
Observed: 26th April 2015
Added: 27th April 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Bradfield's Swift

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Location: Windhoek
Observed: 24th November 2014
Added: 5th March 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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African Palm-Swift

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Location: Windhoek
Observed: 23rd November 2014
Added: 1st March 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Little Swift

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Location: Walvis Bay, Namibia
Observed: 27th November 2014
Added: 1st March 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
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Bradfield's Swift

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Location: Halali, Namibia
Observed: 2nd December 2014
Added: 26th February 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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White-rumped Swift

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Location: Walvis Bay, Namibia
Observed: 27th November 2014
Added: 15th February 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
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Palm Swift in Palm

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Location: Palm Plaza, R516
Observed: 12th December 2014
Added: 3rd January 2015
Identifications:1
Agreements:5
Comments:4
Description:

Never seen a Palm Swift in a palm before. Strange birds.

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Kruger Park (Satara RC) - Little Swift

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By: jimmymac2
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Location: Satara Camp Rd, Kruger National Park
Observed: 17th December 2014
Added: 30th December 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

I don't think the Swifts were nesting, although there was an old disused nest nearby. They were just screaming and chasing each other around the chalet, and sometimes 'perching' on the wall.

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Little Swift

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By: 17calbbievans
Friends of Tokai Park
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Location: 34, Lismore Ave
Observed: 2nd March 2014
Added: 20th November 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Dead Alpine Swift

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Location: Medike Mountain Sanctuary
Observed: 26th September 2014
Added: 14th October 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Dead swift. It was interesting to note some features on the animal that one can only see close up. I was particularly struck by the width of the mouth in this bird.

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Alpine Swift

Alpine Swift
By: Tony Rebelo
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Location: Porcupine Buttress on Helderberg Dome Trail
Observed: 24th August 2014
Added: 31st August 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

How do we documnt our swifts: they fly too high and the fly too fast?

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thanks for the roof

081 little swift
By: Bushboy
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Location: St Lucia lower lake
Observed: 5th August 2014
Added: 15th August 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:2
Description:

Not yet active

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little swifts?

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By: Bushboy
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Location: TC Robertson mamba alley
Observed: 13th July 2014
Added: 20th July 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Description:

Messy communal nests high-up against huge highway bridge. Abandoned for the winter and appear to have been 'inspected' presumably by Harrier-hawks? Lots of external grass seems to militate against swallows or martins?

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Alpine Swift

Alpine Swift
By: Tony Rebelo
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Location: Langrietvlei
Observed: 23rd March 2014
Added: 16th April 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

swift: too fast to foto

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Little Swift

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Location: Fox Odendaal St, Lephalale
Observed: 1st February 2014
Added: 5th February 2014
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
Comments:3
Description:

Found this little swift on the ground in a shopping centres parking lot. It seemed very young. The bird was dying.

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Swift from the Cango Caves

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Location: Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn
Observed: 26th October 2012
Added: 30th December 2013
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:0
Description:

Some nests built over the entrance to the Cango Caves. The only photo of this restless bird.

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WSNBG swift

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Location: Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
Observed: 10th October 2013
Added: 10th October 2013
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:5
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African Palm Swifts

African Palm Swifts
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Location: Makuleke area, Kruger National Park
Observed: 19th September 2013
Added: 7th October 2013
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Description:

Harrier Hawk was being mobbed by palm swifts.

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Swifts, Sunnycove - 2013

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By: marlandza
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Location: Sunnycove, Fish Hoek
Observed: 7th May 2013
Added: 7th May 2013
Identifications:2
Agreements:0
Comments:2
Description:

Amazing acrobatics as they swooped for insects high above the ground.
NO Tony - Don't Ask - I couldn't see the colour of their eyes!

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White-rumped Swift Egg

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By: Bushboy
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Location: Marion Ave, Scottburgh
Observed: 28th January 2011
Added: 20th March 2013
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Description:

Found lying on balcony below the Lesser-Striped Swallows' laboriously-built mud nest they lost to the Swifts.

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swift, white-rumped

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Location: Marion Ave, Scottburgh
Observed: 30th September 2010
Added: 16th March 2013
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
Comments:3
Description:

Investigating LS Swallow nest still under construction. Later to occupy it.

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