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Scarce Swift

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Alternate name
Schoutedenapus myoptilus Scientific name
Apodiformes Order
Apodidae Family
17 cm Length
Tropical rainforest, rural areas, marshes, bogs, often near water, between 500 - 2,450 m. Found in:- Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gulf of Guinea:- Bioko, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Habitat-Altitude-Range
Flying arthropods Food  
Gregarious Habits
1736 World Number
Least Concern Status

Birds of East Africa by Terry Stevenson & John Fanshane.

Illustrated by Brian Small John Gale, Norman Arlott all rights reserved      

Slideshow courtesy The Friends Of Worldbirds all rights reserved

Scarce Swift Song
Schoutedenapus myoptilus (0:45)
Louis A. Hansen, Louise Pedersen, Henrik Kisbye XC29869
22-10-1993, Tanzania

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