African Palm Swift

The African Palm Swift (Cypsiurus parvus), is a species of swift found in tropical Africa. They spend most of their time in the air, living on insects which it collects in flight. They often feed near the ground, and drink on the wing.

This 6.25 inch long species is mainly pale brown in color. It has long swept-back wings that resemble a crescent or a boomerang. The body is slender, and the tail is long and deeply forked, although it is usually held closed. The call is a loud, shrill scream. Sexes are similar, and young birds differ mainly in their shorter tails. Palm Swifts have very short legs which they use only for clinging to vertical surfaces, since swifts never settle voluntarily on the ground.

The nest is made up of down and feathers and is glued to the underside of a palm leaf with saliva. This gluing method is also used to secure the two laid eggs. This fast flying bird is found throughout open country and is associated with Oil Palms.

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