Common Swift

Scientific Name: Apus apus
Malay Name: Layang-layang Sabit Erasia
Chinese Name: 普通楼燕

Breeding Range: Europe to East Asia.
Non-breeding range: Sub-saharan Africa.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: apus, pekinensis

Local Subspecies: pekinensis

Size: 17 cm

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.

Similar looking species: Pacific Swift, Asian Palm Swift, Black-nest Swiftlet, Edible-nest Swiftlet

Habitat: An exclusively aerial species on migration over a variety of open habitats.

Feeds on the wing on flying invertebrates.

Local Status: Very rare vagrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Location: One record of a single bird on 9 October 2020 at Jelutong Tower, Central Catchment Nature Reserve.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link