Name: Swift

Scientific name: Apus apus

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 30

What are nature stars?

About: A fast flying, streamlined bird with long curved wings and a short, forked tail. About 18cm long with a wingspan of about 40cm. Nests in holes in roofs, particularly common in older parts of towns and cities. Swifts feed on flying insects. They arrive in

How to identify: Larger than swallows and martins, all dark with a small pale patch on the throat.

Where: A common and widespread summer visitor.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 80
  • Agility: 90
  • Rarity: 40
  • Cute factor: 40
  • Traveller: 90

Fantastic fact: Swifts spend almost their entire life on the wing, even sleeping and mating whilst flying, only landing to nest.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc

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  • Knotilas
    • Date: 2015-09-09 16:36:06
    • Knotilas

    I think that this would be amazing if you had the, Swift infront of you. I was in Tenerife, and they were circling above us.

  • Whiskolis
    • Date: 2014-01-03 18:05:50
    • Whiskolis

    I saw a swift in a campsite near oxford when I was lying on the bottom of the tent. Whiskolis

  • Mammalina
    • Date: 2013-03-03 11:59:27
    • Mammalina

    i have never seen a swift but it sounds really cool

  • Dolphilor
    • Date: 2010-07-24 15:46:34
    • Dolphilor


  • Ottero
    • Date: 2010-04-26 19:34:47
    • Ottero

    I really like swifts its amazing that they spend so much time in the air and I love watching them flying high in the spring and summer!!