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Cape Verde Swift - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Alexander's Swift

Photo by Valéry Schollaert
Cape Verde, March 2012
Apus alexandri


13 cm

  • Dark grey-brown
  • Large pale throat-patch
  • Shallow fork to the tail.


The bluish tinge is not mentioned in most literature
Photo by Valéry Schollaert
Cape Verde, March 2012

Endemic to the Cape Verde Islands.
Occurs on all islands except Santa Luzia but may not breed on all of them. Breeding suspected on Sao Nicolau, Santo Antao, Brava, Fogo and Santiago.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Gullies and along cliffs and shorelines.



The diet includes insects.


It builds its saucer shaped nest from grass and feathers, and it is placed in a cliff, in a cave or in the roof of a building. 2 white eggs are laid.


It has a high-pitched, screaming call with a buzzing quality.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Wikipedia

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