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Photo by James Eaton
NW Sichuan,China, 2011
Apus salimalii


Similar species

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


Found on the eastern Tibetan plateau and western Sichuan, China.
Winter range unknown.

Photo by James Eaton
NW Sichuan,China, 2011


Has been included in Fork-tailed Swift.


Clements regards this as a monotypic species.



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.


  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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