Alpine Swift (Apus melba)

Appearance:

Only swift in the region with white underparts divided by breastband. Upperparts brown. Distinctly bigger than Swift, with robust build and powerful flight. Tail short with rather shallow fork. Wing-action slower than Swift, with each beat discernible. May give Hobby-like impression at a distance .

Sound:

Seldom heard except in breeding season. Call a long, hard, trilling note, reminiscent of Temminck's Stint . Also a short, cut-off pju pju pju used as alarm call.

Contact call:

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Distribution:

Wikipedia: map (se also Xeno-canto below)

Ecology:

Birdlife ecology

Links:

Observation.org Latest observations

Video IBC

Image search Flickr NB! May give other species

Sound search at Xeno-canto

Featherbase

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CC-sound:Fernand DEROUSSEN, Licence,Link.

Facts:
Length (cm):
20-22
Wingspan (cm):
54-60
Weight (gram):
76-125
Size group:
Thrush-size
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Similar species (sound):
Silhouette Group:
Swallow-like
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