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Bradfield's Swift - BirdForum Opus

Photo byCollinBax
Welgemoed Dam, Cape Town, South Africa, March 2007
Apus bradfieldi


18 cm

  • Light brown upperparts
  • Black bill
  • Brown eyes
  • Black legs and feet


South-western Africa. Found in Angola, Namibia and South Africa.

Common and not globally threatened.


Forms a superspecies with Forbes-Watson's Swift, African Swift, Pallid Swift and Fernando Po Swift.


Two subspecies recognized[1]:


Rocky hills, gorges, cliffs, dry open savannah and deserts.



They catch insects aerially, including bees.


They nest in groups with up to 30 birds per colony. The nest is a thick half-cup built from grass, leaves, straw, twigs and feathers. The 2 eggs are laid between August and May.

In Culture

Named after Rupert D. Bradfield (1882-1949) a farmer and naturalist who lived in Namibia.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Namibian.org

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