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from September 1998
Pictures of the Common Swift
The adult Common Swift. This individual is 21 years old.
This bird is about
35 days old. In their first year, the feathers of the forehead
The Common Swift
in a somewhat unusual position. In central Europe Common
I found this stuffed Swift in a diorama at the Museum of Gorodok, in Belarus. Common Swifts are unable to sit on branches, but occasionally they hang from them, a practice sometimes seen amongst young Swifts in Northern Europe.
A nestling leaves
the nest. It will never return to it and the next time it will touch
As you can see from this picture, nesting Swifts leave the nest simply by
An adult Common Swift relaxed on its nest.
A young one on the nest, it is 38 days old.
An adult CS caught in a mistnet at the Muckamore colony in Antrim (Northern Ireland) in July 2001
Published with kind permission of (C) Tom Lindroos
with kind permission of (C) Emmanuel Cazier.
Published with kind permission of Jean-François Cornuet
The following photos show a Common Swift hunting insects, and another with a full pouch, carrying insects to the young in the nest. A pair of Swifts will feed about 1,7 million insects to three chicks in one breeding season.
Published with kind permission of (c) Raymond De Smet
To see a parent birds feeding a chick click here http://www.commonswift.org/colony_Kronberg.html
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