Order Apodiformes

Family Apodidae

Swifts
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General
  • Small to medium-sized aerial birds with long, narrow wings and short, thin legs, but strong toes with sharp claws; plumage generally rather drab.
  • Cosmopolitan.
  • Wide variety of habitats, usually not far from water.
  • 9-25 cm.
  • 19 genera, 92 species, 276 taxa.
  • 9 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.