The little swift (Apus affinis), is a small bird, superficially similar to a barn swallow or house martin. It is, however, completely unrelated to those passerine species, since swifts are in the order Apodiformes. The resemblances between the groups are due to convergent evolution reflecting similar life styles. The former eastern race, house swift, is usually considered a separate species, Apus nipalensis.

These birds have very short legs which they use only for clinging to vertical surfaces. The genus name Apus is Latin for a swift, thought by the ancients to be a type of swallow with no feet (from Ancient Greek α, a, "without", and πούς, pous, "foot"). The Latin specific affinis means similar to or related to, but in this case the species that the little swift supposedly resembles is not clear from the description. They never settle voluntarily on the ground.

Little swifts breed around habitation and cliffs from southern Spain,Africa northeastwards through southern Pakistan and India and Sri Lanka. Unlike the more northerly common swift, many birds are resident, but some populations are migratory, and winter further south than their breeding areas. They wander widely on migration, and are seen as rare vagrants in much of Europe and Asia.



Little swifts build their nests in hole in buildings or sometimes on cliffs, laying 1-4 eggs. A swift will return to the same site year after year, rebuilding its nest when necessary. A species of bedbug Cimex hemipterus has been recorded from its nest in India.

Little swifts spend most of their lives in the air, living on the insects they catch in their beaks. They drink on the wing, but roost on vertical cliffs or walls. Little swifts are readily identified by their small size. Their wingspan is 33 cm compared to the 42 cm of common swift. They are black except for a white rump, the white extending on to the flanks. They have a short square tail. The flight is fluttering like a house martin.

The call is a high twittering.
Little Swift
Date Location Count
2021-05-01 08:35Station d'épuration d'eau usé de Ben Ahmed | محطة تصفية المياه العادمة2
2021-05-13 10:12BenAhmed Forest Parc | غابة ابن احمد4
2021-05-08 13:17Chipiona--Puerto40
2021-05-08 08:00Playa de Montijo2
2021-04-29 06:30Manso Domeabra6
2021-05-15 14:40Antwerpen L.O - Blokkersdijk1
2021-04-24 07:43Busua (Village)
2021-05-01 13:00Parc de la Vallee de la N'Sele
2021-04-20 16:14Rooibank20
2021-05-15 18:39Binyamina Quarry (not active) מחצבת בנימינה הנטושה4
2021-05-08 09:41Daan Viljoen Game Park10
2021-04-30 10:34Windhoek National Botanical Gardens10
2021-05-03 10:03Arebbusch Lodge2
2021-05-10 14:00Kfar Adumim כפר אדומים2
2021-05-03 12:10Wadi Qelt נחל פרת4
2021-04-19 07:10Ein Mabu'a עין מבוע2
2021-05-04 06:47Mount Arbel גן לאומי ארבל2
2021-05-06 07:40Lower Wadi Ammud נחל עמוד תחתון 36
2021-05-01 17:10Sde Eliyahu Reservoir מאגר שדה אליהו10
2021-05-13 15:34Hula Valley--Lake Agmon אגמון החולה2
2021-05-08 08:18Gamla Nature Reserve שמורת גמלא10
2021-05-08 06:45Subaşı1
2021-05-08 08:53Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest NP--Entrance Road6
2021-04-20 14:04Queen Elizabeth II NP--Kazinga Channel Boat Trip15
2021-04-20 12:40Queen Elizabeth II NP--Channel Track50
2021-04-21 10:39Queen Elizabeth II NP--Kasenyi Track10
2021-05-16 06:43Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge30
2021-04-20 07:45Kyambura Gorge50
2021-04-28 08:45Bigodi Swamp11
2021-04-25 12:45Ruhondo wetland1
2021-05-01 06:39Murchison Falls NP--Paraa Safari Lodge to Tangi Gate2
2021-04-25 08:18Fazenda Sengha1
2021-05-08 06:47Nyarutarama Lake and Golf Course5
2021-05-08 08:02UMUSAMBI VILLAGE - Wetlands and Grey Crowned Crane rehabilitation1
2021-05-16 07:04Namushasha Lodge & Campground1
2021-05-08 08:11Lutembe Bay Ramsar Site6
2021-05-08 08:42Mabira Forest--Local Community Reserve2
2021-05-08 08:39Mabira Forest1
2021-05-08 08:51Mabira Forest--Rain Forest Lodge1
2021-05-08 06:55Livingstone Treatment Works25
2021-05-08 06:40Victoria Falls Sewerage Ponds
2021-05-13 07:26Zambezi River near Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side)2
2021-05-11 16:45Victoria Falls Rain Forest10
2021-05-05 08:00Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve--Mbale-Moroto Rd2
2021-05-06 17:19Lake Victoria--Rusinga Island3
2021-05-08 11:00Hwange NP--Sinamatella4
2021-05-08 09:51Lake Simbi20
2021-04-17 09:00Kakamega Forest NR--Ikuywa River1
2021-05-09 11:02Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle
2021-05-15 06:25Kichwa Tembo Lodge and Concession
2021-05-02 06:15Serengeti NP--Seronera45
2021-05-08 10:44Lake Baringo--Inshore Cliffs and surrounds7
2021-05-09 13:00Naboisho Conservancy
2021-04-28 07:34St Andrews Turi, KE (-0.279, 35.764)4
2021-05-08 15:29Soysambu Conservency4
2021-05-02 07:45Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden1
2021-05-08 00:17Malewa River Lodge11
2021-04-27 15:30Kilimandege House and Sanctuary1
2021-05-08Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater
2021-05-08 14:00Strandfontein WTP13
2021-04-17 07:55Ifisi Ravine2
2021-05-12 06:19Segera Retreat (Restricted access)24
2021-05-08 07:03El Karama Ranch Eco Lodge100
2021-04-25 08:46Ol Pejeta Conservancy12
2021-05-08 09:50Manguo Swamp26
2021-05-15 14:42South Luangwa NP
2021-05-08 08:30Brackenhurst6
2021-05-04 16:30KEFRI Lands, Kikuyu18
2021-05-08 05:31South Luangwa NP--Mfuwe Lodge
2021-05-06 09:52Mount Kenya Safari Club/William Holden Wildlife Foundation15
2021-05-08 09:10U of N Kabete Campus & Field Station (incl. Loresho Swamp)7
2021-05-09 11:13Ngong Forest Sanctuary1
2021-05-04 07:49Nairobi River @ National Museums of Kenya (incl. Boulevard Hotel)2
2021-05-08 06:15Urban Nairobi (general)
2021-05-08 06:50Nairobi NP--Nagolomon Dam5
2021-05-14 09:09Nairobi NP8
2021-04-23 07:11Samburu NR2
2021-05-08 12:08Lewa Wildlife Conservancy10
2021-05-08 13:55Gitathura Dam, Thika2
2021-04-23 16:01Buffalo Springs NR
2021-05-08 07:05Dandora WTP, Ruai11
2021-05-08 06:18Eluanata Dam
2021-05-08 09:55Ol Doinyo Sabuk NP
2021-04-18 09:00Engikaret Lark Plains--Acacia Scrub to South9
2021-05-08 11:42Masinga Dam200
2021-05-08 08:02Arusha NP4
2021-04-24 13:38Madikwe Game Reserve1
2021-05-08 16:09Amboseli NP25
2021-05-13 14:56Jebel Al Aswad (الجبل الأسود)2
2021-05-07 10:12Marrick Game Lodge1
2021-05-08 07:57Harare--Mukuvisi Woodlands1
2021-05-15 11:00Tsavo West NP--southern section10
2021-05-08 07:50Kgomo-Kgomo20
2021-04-26 15:56Bela-Bela30
2021-05-07 09:30Tsavo East NP--southern section5
2021-05-01 10:15Sondela Nature Reserve3
2021-04-20 06:56West Usambara Mountains--Old Sawmill Track2
2021-04-29 06:45Kloofendal Municipal Nature Reserve2
2021-04-26 06:30Eagle Canyon Golf Estate2
2021-05-14 06:45Northcliff Ridge Eco Park3
2021-05-02 11:29Pretoria National Botanical Garden1
2021-05-08 10:37Polokwane Bird Sanctuary10
2021-05-08 06:30Naturena10
2021-05-08 06:20Polokwane GR3
2021-04-24 11:00Mkhombo Nature Reserve8
2021-05-08 09:32Sebayeng Wetland20
2021-05-02 10:04Garingboom Guest Farm3
2021-04-25 09:36Wilge River Valley (upper)1
2021-05-08 18:21Katiyo Tea Estate1
2021-05-08 06:30Shimba Hills NR12
2021-05-15 06:04Kruger NP--Banyini Pan (ltd access)2
2021-05-15 15:12Kruger NP--Sandpit (Limited Access)5
2021-05-08 15:46Arabuko-Sokoke Forest1
2021-05-14 14:30Kruger NP--Lanner Gorge (ltd access)6
2021-04-25 09:30Mtwapa--Ngamani4
2021-04-27 08:50Nguuni Nature Sanctuary
2021-05-08 16:42Tiwi Beach--Kongo River Estuary
2021-05-08 06:26Haller Park--Bamburi Nature Trail1
2021-05-13 06:06Arabuko-Sokoke NP--Kenya Forest Service8
2021-05-08 17:05Gede Ruins1
2021-05-08 06:00Kruger NP--Pafuri Picnic Site
2021-05-14 06:07Kruger NP--Reedbuckvlei (restricted access)4
2021-05-12 13:53Sabaki River Estuary20
2021-05-08 17:30Ambassador Hotel270
2021-05-11 15:44Manda Island (incl. airport)10
2021-04-28 16:51Kruger NP--Shimuwini Bushveld Camp19
2021-04-28 10:55Kruger NP--Shipandani Overnight Hide4
2021-04-26 08:48Harrismith20
2021-04-30 07:26Kruger NP--Olifant River Bridge40
2021-04-30 07:50Lowveld National Botanical Gardens25
2021-04-26 07:06Nelspruit--Friedenheim Area8
2021-04-24 06:22Steiltes Nature Reserve2
2021-04-25 06:51Kruger NP--Phabeni to Skukuza7
2021-04-27 09:06Kruger NP--Transport Dam9
2021-04-27 13:33Kruger NP--Skukuza Golf Club50
2021-04-25 10:32Kruger NP--Skukuza Camp8
2021-04-25 06:54Kruger NP--Napi Rd to Skukuza/H1-1
2021-05-08 06:30Kruger NP--Berg-en-Dal Camp
2021-05-02 11:32Kruger NP--Malelane Gate (Crocodile River Bridge)5
2021-05-03 15:17Kruger NP--Biyamiti Bushveld Camp (Residents only)3
2021-04-30 15:31Kruger NP--Lower Sabie Rest Camp10
2021-05-08 10:19Albert Falls NR10
2021-04-23 14:25Macaneta-- Wetland, dune forests and coast
2021-05-11 06:47Mkhuze GR--Mantuma Camp25
2021-04-29 06:00Phinda GR
2021-05-11 16:21Deh Thano, Mallir3
2021-05-09 10:05Malir Dam50
2021-04-23 15:23Port Qasim1
2021-05-15 18:20Haleji Lake1
2021-05-04 18:19Balaji Park Society5
2021-05-02 07:45Nyari-Khirasara Birding Corridor6
2021-05-12 10:33Nikol Bandhara
2021-04-23 17:04Bor Talav (Gaurishankar Lake)5
2021-05-14 07:00Margalla Trail 610
2021-04-18 07:45Lakhanka Dam4
2021-04-22 06:45Lake on New Port - Airport Rd3
2021-04-24 06:21Nava Bandar (New Port) Rd5
2021-05-16 07:18Rancharda Lake3
2021-05-16 16:30Kapol Garden1
2021-04-27 05:28Vile Parle Mumbai (19.101, 72.853)1
2021-05-16 07:00Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay3
2021-05-16 08:00Panvel Creek View - Sector 112
2021-05-08 07:30Anjanvel lighthouse6
2021-05-08 18:42Pathardi Nashik annex - II1
2021-05-10 18:13Pathardi, Nashik Annex - I5
2021-05-02 20:27Deolali Cantonment1
2021-05-10 06:26Sahyadri School (KFI), Pune1
2021-04-19 07:30Riverside road, Anandnagar, Pune
2021-05-16 17:00Karvenagar Nala5
2021-04-26 09:31Fergusson College Campus1
2021-04-18 12:28Chitarwal Balaji Mandir5
2021-04-18 08:37Raiwasa Lake & surroundings4
2021-05-16 15:21Kot Baandh5
2021-05-07 06:58Durga Lake & Surounding Chinchinim1
2021-05-11 17:55Kiraksal Biodiversity Region--Jambhalhel2
2021-05-11 08:15Kiraksal7
2021-05-08 06:50Vinayaknagar, haripur road, Sangli2
2021-05-09 07:03Walchand college sangli10
2021-05-06 17:19Belagavi Golf Course ಗಾಲ್ಫ್‌ ಕೋರ್ಸ್, ಬೆಳಗಾವಿ7
2021-05-04 16:09Miraj canal3
2021-05-16 07:37Madhogarh Fort HR/IN5
2021-05-12 17:05Hayagreeva Samudra, Sonda7
2021-05-14 10:40Ambajhar Mandir Hill--Patal Pani6
2021-05-15 18:19Classic Purnima Park Colony21
2021-04-29 07:21Barkur Wetlands10
2021-05-08 07:37Tapti River--behind BTPS23
2021-05-13 07:03Bhusawal Thermal Power Station (BTPS)--Between 210MW & 500MW12
2021-04-24 06:28Bhusawal Thermal Power Station (BTPS), Deepnagar2
2021-05-16 07:15Bhusawal Thermal Power Station (BTPS)--Ganesh Mandir & EM Building Area6
2021-05-09 18:14Bhusawal Thermal Power Station (BTPS)--500MW Premises3
2021-04-29 18:10Pimprisekam-River Bhogawati8
2021-05-08 07:26Manipal Institute of Technology5
2021-04-17 06:58Golikatte2
2021-04-22 16:35Shettybettu 3 Parkala School Side2
2021-04-19 09:40Chitrapu Estuary, Mulki2
2021-04-23 16:15Kenjar Wetlands, Mangalore3
2021-05-14 09:00Peralathvayal1
2021-05-16 17:27Bhondsi Nature Park2
2021-04-16 17:48Kudremukha NP--KIOCL Township60
2021-05-15 07:35RK Puram--Sector 31
2021-05-07 06:14Kattampally10
2021-05-08 05:10Bharatpur--Malah Road Marsh2
2021-04-25 04:25Sisa Udegaon Lake
2021-05-13 18:07Wildlife Institute of India Campus2
2021-05-09 06:05Company Garden - Dhobighat Trail4
2021-05-08 16:55LBSNAA4
2021-05-14 07:40Curzon Road, Dalanwala, Dehradun4
2021-04-27 06:26Camels Back Road15
2021-04-18 07:52Rajpur Road Enclave, Dhoran10
2021-04-21 18:26College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pookode6
2021-05-04 17:30Komangalam wetland and adjacent woody zone, Koottanad3
2021-04-18 06:58Krishnaraja Sagar -confluence of River Kaveri, Hemavathi & Laxmanathirtha, Mandya & Mysore Dts25
2021-05-16 17:13Thrissur Government Medical College6
2021-05-02 07:04Mysore City Bird Atlas 12D, 3rd Main, Jayalakshmipuram, Mysore4
2021-05-16 15:35Mysore City Bird Atlas 30B, Srirampura 2nd Stage8
2021-05-02 07:47Mysore City Bird Atlas 13A, Gokulam 1st Main Road3
2021-05-14 08:30Ramakrishna Institute of Moral and Spiritual Education (RIMSE) & RKM Vidyashala4
2021-05-01 06:35Subbayyana kere (Shanubhogana Kere) ಸುಬ್ಬಯ್ಯನ ಕೆರೆ1
2021-04-22 16:12Mysore City Bird Atlas 32C, Dalvoy Kere, Mysore ದಳವಾಯಿ ಕೆರೆ2
2021-04-20 16:09Mysore City Bird Atlas 32D,Farmland across from Dalvoy kere, Mysore10
2021-04-22 06:45Mysore City Bird Atlas 33A, Chamundi Hill -South4
2021-05-04 07:20Kamana kere hundi (Kesare Doddakere) Mysore City Bird Atlas 10B ಕಾಮನಕೆರೆ ಹುಂಡಿ4
2021-04-21 06:30Mysore City Bird Atlas 33B, Chamundi Hill South-East6
2021-05-06 08:59Kochi--Vaduthala (JM Spot)4
2021-05-15 12:40Muddahalli, Nanjangud Taluka ಮುದ್ದಹಳ್ಳಿ1
2021-04-23 06:36Marasettihalli1
2021-05-01 12:30Bandipur NP8
2021-04-18 11:20Kalamassery--HMT Estate Area2
2021-04-19 17:47Hadinaru Kere ಹದಿನಾರು ಕೆರೆ6
2021-05-08 11:00Kadayiruppu-- Mazhuvannoor4
2021-05-15 15:15Tirumakudalu Narasipura2
2021-05-08 14:29Athikadavu River30
2021-04-23 10:00Kesavan para, Near AVT Estate10
2021-04-19 13:59Karunya University1
2021-04-20 08:29Devarayanadurga--Foothills2
2021-04-27 15:20Anuvavi Murugan Temple1
2021-04-30 08:35Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary2
2021-04-22 08:20Kuttampuzha - Mamalakandom Road, Urulanthanni17
2021-04-17 16:35Damagundam Reserve Forest, Vikarabad4
2021-04-18 07:06Hesaraghatta Kere4
2021-05-12 06:04Hanuman mandir, Laprasy Foundation, Swastik Colony100
2021-05-08 08:27Good Earth Malhar4
2021-05-16 18:02Sunkadakatte1
2021-04-17 07:02Bangalore University Campus3
2021-04-26 06:49Valley School15
2021-04-17 07:07Ravagodlu Betta5
2021-05-12 16:43GKVK Campus, Bangalore1
2021-05-16 17:00Vrishabhavati River10
2021-04-22 06:15Thottikallu Falls4
2021-05-02 18:15Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Bangalore15
2021-04-27 17:20Samvriddhi Gardenia12
2021-04-20 08:02Yelahanka Kere5
2021-04-19 07:38Anjanapura Central Park12
2021-04-28 06:45Sahakaranagara Park, Bangalore6
2021-04-22 08:30Byatarayana Doddi Lake6
2021-05-08 18:07Jakkur Airfield30
2021-04-24 08:45Anjanapura / Avalahalli Kere2
2021-05-06 18:00Sobha Suburbia Apartment complex30
2021-04-21 16:28Doddajala Kere2
2021-04-18 07:07Jaipurdoddi5
2021-04-22 06:45Nandi Hills2
2021-04-27 06:45Hulimavu Kere5
2021-05-01 08:11Osman Sagar Lake10
2021-04-23 07:06Kannuru Kere10
2021-05-08 06:20Ameenpur Lake, Hyderabad13
2021-05-13 11:05JavaregowdanaDoddi7
2021-04-17 06:09Chitravathi River Reservoir8
2021-04-20 07:15Kaikondrahalli Kere / Kaikondanahalli Kere15
2021-05-15 07:10Doddanekundi Kere2
2021-04-27 07:28Saul Kere / Sowl Kere2
2021-04-22 16:50Hennagara Lake2
2021-05-10 17:42Indian Institute of Rice Research12
2021-05-08 17:29Ramakrishnapura Lake2
2021-05-09 08:30Sheelavanthakere Lake3
2021-05-15 18:28Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES)10
2021-04-24 06:16Sanjeevaiah Park, Hyderabad40
2021-05-08 17:14Lanjja Cheruvu1
2021-05-09 07:05Kinnera Hostel (Backside Trail)20
2021-05-08 18:40Guruthatha Bhavi (Achaganapalli)1
2021-05-03 06:30Osmania University1
2021-05-08 06:01Achaganapalli Lake3
2021-05-08 18:08Lake View Enclave (Restricted access)20
2021-05-08 07:53Sonappanahatti Lake1
2021-04-30 06:45Edulabad Lake8
2021-04-20 07:20Rishi Valley (General Area)7
2021-05-13 17:50Rishi Valley--School Campus42
2021-05-09 18:20Jamnapur Lake, Sakoli2
2021-05-11 17:53Mandla, MP (OBI)33
2021-04-28 06:00Karumarpati lake10
2021-05-08 07:30Singinawa Jungle Lodge
2021-05-11 17:49Banjaar Tola12
2021-04-16 15:42Thanjavur Junction Railway Station4
2021-04-30 10:40MSB Educational Institute7
2021-05-11 17:10Anupam Nagar, Raipur2
2021-04-26 13:21Vankalai Bird Sanctuary6
2021-04-25 07:30Muthurajawela2
2021-05-08 12:03Kaduwela (General)3
2021-05-08 11:00Sinharaja NP--Kudawa access4
2021-04-27 07:32Matara--Kirala Kele Sanctuary1
2021-04-17 16:00Udawalawa Reservoir (southeast end)12
2021-04-22 06:13Bundala NP (General)20
2021-04-17 15:57Yala National Park (General)3
2021-05-07 06:58Red Sandhills1
2021-04-18 07:10Sitakund4
2021-04-18 06:05Bhitarkanika National Park, Odisha, IN3
2021-04-19 16:45Kankabati PM12
2021-04-17 16:30Bandhi PM5
2021-05-09 11:30Gouripur Beel1
2021-04-20 16:40Khagraghat1
2021-04-16 16:25Binpara1
2021-05-15 16:30Ramnagar Bachra Bill1
2021-05-04 18:00Kadkhali2
2021-05-04 16:25Bidupara2
2021-04-21 15:40Boshipota6
2021-04-24 17:17Joka Birding area4
2021-04-25 06:00Subhash Sarobar4
2021-04-20 16:07Oxidation Pond2
2021-05-11 06:00Rajarhat Wetlands Proposed Silicon Valley Land4