||the breeding area goes from northern Mediterranean
to Scotland, Norway, and Kola peninsula. It reproduces in north-western
Africa and in some places in the Middle East. It usually spends winter in
||the plumage is black, wings are long and thin.
It keeps wings back in a horseshoe-like shape. It keeps wings in this position
even during its low and fast flight. The tail is furcate. The male and the
female look a lot like each other. The plumage of the adult is very dark
brown, while the throat and the chin are pale. Young look quite different
from the adults: their throat is paler and the feathers of the upper part
of the body are white bordered.
||the common swift hunts insects while flying,
slowing down the speed of the flight, often together with other swallows.
||towns, villages, ruins, countryside.
||it flies with frantic beats of the wings followed
by glides against the wind. Paws are so short that that they cannot land;
if they land, they cannot fly up anymore. As a consequence they almost always
fly. They even mate and sometimes sleep while flying.
||they eat insects caught while they are flying,
even at a 1000 meters altitude.
||it arrives to our latitudes towards the end
of April and leaves for hotter areas, like Africa, at the end of August.
||the nest is built with feathers and vegetal material bound
with saliva. It is placed on chimneys, in crevices, under roofs. The female
usually lays in June 2 or 3 eggs, which are looked after by both parents.
Incubation lasts about 20 days and the young remain in the nest for at least
6 weeks. Towards the end of July the young are fledged and they learn how
to fly very quickly and how to move in the air.