Scientific Name: Apus apus
Malay Name: Layang-layang Sabit Erasia
Chinese Name: 普通雨燕
Range: Breeds from Europe to East Asia; winters primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, but some Asian populations appear to be migratory as well.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: apus, pekinensis.
Local Subspecies: pekinensis
Size: 17 cm
Identification: A mid-size swift with a typical slender appearance; sickle-shaped wings and a forked tail. In most views appears to be all dark blackish-brown, but the throat and forehead are pale whitish.
Habitat: An exclusively aerial species on migration over a variety of open habitats.
Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds on the wing on flying invertebrates.
Local Status: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
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Common Swift Apus apus Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2016). Apus apus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22686800A86111691.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Chantler, P., Boesman, P. F. D., & Kirwan, G. M. (2020). Common Swift (Apus apus), version 1.0. In del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D. A., & de Juana, E. (Eds.), Birds of the World. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.comswi.01
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Common Swift. Retrieved on September 22, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/common-swift.