• The Swift Swift

    One year ago - By Ornithology

    The Common Swifts of Eurasia are similar to swallows in shape and behavior but are more closely related to hummingbirds than swallows. These aerodynamic birds are called “swifts” because of their fast and erratic flight. Because their feet are so week and small and they spend so much time in the air the ancient Greeks thought the birds had no feet.
    Their family name Apodidae comes from the Greek a , without and pous , foot.
    The Peregrine Falcon is usually touted as the fastest flying bird, but that speed is measured in a dive. The
    Common Swift is perhaps the speediest bird in level flight...
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