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Apus cooki


Similar species

Various other white-rumped swifts. See the following for a detailed comparison: Identifying small white-rumped swifts.


Found in Thailand, Burma and Indochina. Also on Hainan and Lan-yü (China).


Has been included in Fork-tailed Swift.


Clements regards this as a monotypic species.


Preferred habitats include mountains and human habitations, usually near water.


Highly gregarious, high flying and fast, this swift can be found flying over towns and sea coasts as well as forested mountains.
Feeds on various insects, taken in flight.
Nests in colonies on cliff walls, building a half-cup, made with plant parts and agglutinated together with saliva. Lays 1 to 3 eggs.


  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. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2011. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.10). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.

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