Needle-tailed Swift Hirundapus caudacutus   [Latham, 1802]

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Order: Apodiformes Family: Apodidae
BTO Codes: NI, NETSW EURING No: 7920
Number in Britain: Fewer than 20 records
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: 3 Concern, most not in Europe; Endangered
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: caudacutus recorded in Britain (of 2 subsp. in the world)
Length: 20 cm Wingspan: 52 cm Weight: -    
Scientific name from: from the genera Hirundo and Apus and L.: cauda=tail + acutus=sharp-pointed
World Distribution: BREEDS: e&s Asia, WINTERS: se Asia, Australia
Habitat: Forest & open country
Diet: Flying insects caught in flight
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Essex, 1846 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 5 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: Too few records
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Orkney (1988), Shetland (1991),
   North-east England: North Yorkshire (1985), West Yorkshire (1985),
   North-west England:
   English Midlands: Derbyshire (1991), Staffordshire (1991),
   Eastern England: Essex (1846),
   South-east England: Hampshire (1879), Kent (1991),
   South-west England:

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Other Names

White-throated Needletail, Spine-tailed Swift
Gaelic: Welsh:
Danish: Tornhalesejler Dutch: Stekelsstaartgierzwaluw
Finnish: Piikkikirskuja French: Martinet épineux
German: Stachelschwanzegler Hungarian: Sertefarkú sarlósfecske
Icelandic: Skeifusvölungur Irish: Gabhlán Earrspíonach
Italian: Rondone spinoso Norwegian: Pigghaleseiler
Polish: Iglosternik bialogardly Portuguese: Andorinhăo-mongol
Spanish: Rabitojo mogol Swedish: Taggstjärtseglare

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