Pallid Swift Apus pallidus   [Shelley, 1870]

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Order: Apodiformes Family: Apodidae
BTO Codes: , PALSW EURING No: 7960
Number in Britain: 1 record/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: undetermined recorded in Britain (of 3 subsp. in the world)
Length: 16 cm Wingspan: 44 cm Weight: -    
Scientific name from: L.: apus=the swift (from Gr.: a-=without + pous=foot) and L.: pallidus=pallid
World Distribution: BREEDS: s Europe, n Africa, Middle East, WINTERS: south to s Africa, and east to Pakistan
Habitat: Open country & towns
Diet: Flying insects caught in flight
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Kent, 1978 (Dublin, 1913) (Harvey, W.G. 1981. British Birds 74:170-178)
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 61 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: Too few records
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Borders (1999), Northeast (2004), Orkney (1996), Shetland (2005),
   North-east England: Cleveland (2005), Durham (2001), Northumberland (2005), East Yorkshire (2005), North Yorkshire (2001),
   North-west England:
   English Midlands: Derbyshire (1998),
   Eastern England: Essex (2001), Lincolnshire (2004), Norfolk (2005), Suffolk (2004),
   South-east England: Hampshire (1983), Kent (2006),
   South-west England: Cornwall (2007), Dorset (2006), Isles of Scilly (2006),
   Wales: Pembrokeshire (2001),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh: Gwennol Welw-ddu
Danish: Grĺsejler Dutch: Vale gierzwaluw
Finnish: Vaaleakirskuja French: Martinet pâle
German: Fahlsegler Hungarian: Halvány sarlósfecske
Icelandic: Fölsvölungur Irish: Gabhlán Bánlíoch
Italian: Rondone pallido Norwegian: Grĺseiler
Polish: Jerzyk blady Portuguese: Andorinhăo-pálido
Spanish: Vencejo pálido Swedish: Blek tornseglare

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