Apus pallidus (Pallid swift)

Bruinwindswael [Afrikaans]; Vale gierzwaluw [Dutch]; Martinet pâle [French]; Fahlsegler [German]; Andorinhão-pálido [Portuguese]

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Pallid swift, Kuwait. [photo rashed11112 ©]


Distribution and habitat

Breeds in the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East, heading south in the non-breeding season to the Sahel, from Gambia to Sudan. It is a rare vagrant to southern Africa, recorded once in Kuruman, Northern Cape on the 12th of February 1904. It can occur in almost any mountainous or coastal habitat.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 


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