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White-throated Needletail  

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Needle-tailed Swift or Spine-tailed Swift Alternate name
Hirundapus caudacutus Scientific name
Apodiformes Order
Apodidae Family
20cm Length
Subtropical/tropical moist forest, shrubland, grassland, up to 4,000m. [Breeds in:- Bhutan, China, India, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan & Russia.] [Non-breeding:- Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Timor & Vietnam.] Vagrant almost anywhere except Africa. USA, Europe to the UK, Australia to pacific Islands. Habitat-Altitude-Range
3 - 6 white eggs. Incubation between 17 & 23 days by both parents. Clutch
Flying Arthropods. Food  
Capable of 170 km/h (105mph), Fastest swift. Gregarious. Habits
1749 World Number
Least Concern Status


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