The African palm swift (Cypsiurus parvus) is a small swift. It is very similar to the Asian palm swift, Cypsiurus balasiensis, and was formerly considered to be the same species.

It is a common resident breeder in tropical Africa. The down and feather nest is glued to the underside of a palm leaf with saliva, which is also used to secure the usually two eggs. This is a fast flying bird of open country, which is strongly associated with oil palms.

This 16 cm long species is mainly pale brown in colour. It has long swept-back wings that resemble a crescent or a boomerang. The body is slender, and the tail is long and deeply forked, although it is usually held closed. The call is a loud, shrill scream.

Sexes are similar, and young birds differ mainly in their shorter tails. Palm swifts have very short legs which they use only for clinging to vertical surfaces, since swifts never settle voluntarily on the ground.

These swifts spend most of their lives in the air, living on the insects they catch in their beaks. Palm swifts often feed near the ground. They drink on the wing.
African Palm-Swift
Date Location Count
2020-03-11 01:00Cape Point
2020-03-19 06:51Amurum Forest Reserve (APLORI)3
2020-03-18 06:26Gisenyi1
2020-03-10 07:26Murchison Falls NP--Pakuba15
2020-03-09 07:11Murchison Falls NP--Northern Gate area4
2020-03-07 07:38Kidepo Valley NP--Kakine tour track5
2020-03-15 08:01Augrabies Falls NP7
2020-03-15 16:06Kuruman Nature Reserve2
2020-03-07 07:00Maasai Mara NR (general please use more specific location if possible)8
2020-03-22 16:36Tarangire NP--Entrance Gate5
2020-03-29 08:01Nairobi NP
2020-03-06 16:47Awash NP--southern section1
2020-03-31 12:15Magongo Hills2
2020-03-22 06:23Engikaret Lark Plains2
2020-03-07 16:00Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge2
2020-03-20 06:29Kwa Nokeng Lodge30
2020-03-26 06:21Nyumba ya Mungu Reservoir3
2020-03-21 07:56Rockwall Dam1
2020-03-19 11:29Kgomo-Kgomo to Moretele2
2020-03-19 10:54Kgomo-Kgomo2
2020-03-14 15:11Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific)1
2020-03-17 15:40West Usambara Mountains--Old Sawmill Track2
2020-03-25 07:42Eagle Canyon Golf Estate5
2020-03-07 06:22Jukskei River2
2020-03-15 06:48President Ridge Bird Sanctuary1
2020-04-02 09:00Buffelsdrift Conservancy
2020-03-22 16:07Delta Park2
2020-03-22 18:10Johannesburg Botanical Gardens6
2020-03-07 13:11University of Pretoria--Experimental Farm5
2020-03-07 08:12Free State Botanical Gardens2
2020-03-26 13:20Naturena5
2020-04-04 13:07Rietvlei Nature Reserve
2020-03-16 06:04Norkem Park3
2020-03-06 15:00Sunrock Guesthouse6
2020-03-28 15:27Brackendowns7
2020-03-19 07:16OR Tambo International Airport1
2020-03-16 05:00East Usambara Mountains--Amani Nature Reserve5
2020-03-25 07:00Thokoza Wetland2
2020-03-15 16:13Woodbush Forest3
2020-03-07 14:36Marievale Bird Sanctuary1
2020-03-25 14:30Mtwapa--Ngamani3
2020-03-30 09:20Nguuni Nature Sanctuary7
2020-03-29 06:33Mikimba Swamp
2020-04-01 14:15Haller Park--Bamburi Nature Trail
2020-03-31 06:11Mida Creek
2020-03-28 06:17Temple Point & Mida Creek Mouth, Watamu
2020-03-31 18:07Mwamba Field Study Centre
2020-03-29 15:03Malindi Harbour
2020-03-11 16:15Ngezi Forest--Makangale Wetland5
2020-03-20 05:30Karongwe PGR2
2020-03-13 11:00Kruger NP--Letaba Camp
2020-03-31 16:18Nelspruit Nature Reserve1
2020-03-08 16:40Kruger NP--Kruger Gate-Skukuza Rd5
2020-03-10 05:30Kruger NP--Tshokwane Road3
2020-03-11 09:59Kruger NP--Skukuza-Nkuhlu Road/H4-1
2020-03-11 07:20Kruger NP--Afsaal Picnic Site1
2020-03-18 14:50Howick Falls7
2020-03-18 06:00Hilton Bush Lodge2
2020-03-07 05:29Macaneta--Tidal wetland, dune forests and coast2