Swift Species Photo Gallery

Swifts are very difficult to photograph as they are hardly ever seen on the ground or stationary at all, but are usually observed in flight.

Below are images of different swift species. Click on any of them to go to the respective species page.

Please also refer to the Swiftlet Photo Gallery

Horus Swift
African Palmswift
Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba syn. Apus melba)
White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), also known as Needle-tailed Swift or Spine-tailed Swift
Mottled Spinetail
White-collared Swift, Streptoprocne zonaris
Common Swift (Apus apus)
African Swift or African Black Swift
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)
White-naped Swift (Streptoprocne semicollaris)
Silver-backed Needletail
Malagasy Spinetail (Zoonavena grandidieri)
White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)
Fork-tailed Palm Swift, Tachornis squamata
White-rumbed swift (Apus caffer)
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus), or Fork-tailed Swift
Vaux's Swift, Chaetura vauxi
American Black Swift (Cypseloides niger)
Brown-backed Needletail (Hirundapus giganteus), or Brown Needletail
Little Swift
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Gordon Ramel

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