Order Caprimulgiformes

Family Apodidae

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  • 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, 96 species, 275 taxa.
  • 7 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Chantler, P. (2020). Swifts (Apodidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52266 on 20 February 2020).