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
2021-05-08 12:00Tanji Beach
2021-05-08 07:30Kartong Wetland7
2021-04-24 07:43Busua (Village)
2021-05-08 07:01São Tomé--Bom Sucesso Botanical Gardens7
2021-05-08 09:15São Tomé--São Tomé town vicinity3
2021-05-01 13:00Parc de la Vallee de la N'Sele10
2021-04-20 15:45Palmwag Lodge4
2021-04-23 14:30Swakopmund--Salt Works12
2021-04-23 06:30Tuti Island
2021-05-08 06:00Garamba NP
2021-05-08 09:41Daan Viljoen Game Park5
2021-05-15 06:29Kaisosi River Lodge3
2021-04-21 09:40Windhoek National Botanical Gardens10
2021-05-08 10:38Windhoek--Avis Dam100
2021-05-08 15:03Heja Game Lodge10
2021-05-08 07:42Kibale NP--Makerere U. Biol. Field Station (Kanyawara) (restricted access)1
2021-04-30 07:16Mahango Game Reserve2
2021-05-08 07:35Kibale Forest NP1
2021-04-30 18:30Murchison Falls NP--Northern Gate area20
2021-04-30 16:22Fort Murchison Nature Lodge12
2021-05-01 06:39Murchison Falls NP--Paraa Safari Lodge to Tangi Gate80
2021-05-02 10:50Kabalega Diner2
2021-05-01 09:55Mabamba Swamp5
2021-04-27 07:41Kidepo Valley NP--Narus River10
2021-05-08 17:30ViaVia Travellers Café6
2021-04-25 14:30Entebbe Botanical Garden2
2021-04-28 15:32Kidepo Valley NP--Karenga Gate to Apoka6
2021-05-08 08:49Lutembe Bay Ramsar Site2
2021-05-08 10:37Lutembe Beach and Wetlands2
2021-05-04 16:00Red Chilli Hideaway2
2021-05-09 10:19Kafue NP--McBrides Camp8
2021-05-08 08:04Mabira Forest3
2021-05-08 07:32Saanane NP1
2021-05-06 08:25Victoria Falls Sewerage Ponds2
2021-05-13 07:26Zambezi River near Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side)5
2021-05-11 16:45Victoria Falls Rain Forest3
2021-05-14 09:24Victoria Falls (Zambia side)1
2021-05-07 08:00Moroto to Tapac Track2
2021-05-03 08:45Mount Elgon NP--Research Centre2
2021-05-04 12:00Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve--Mbale-Moroto Rd2
2021-05-09 07:50Lochinvar NP2
2021-04-17 14:05Ufinya Dam2
2021-05-07 11:53Matangwe Banding Area-1
2021-05-08 06:05Nsobe Camp1
2021-04-29 06:30Kisumu Waterfront (incl. Ndunga Swamp, Hippo Pt. and Impala Park)1
2021-05-01 08:04Kakamega Forest NR--Ikuywa River1
2021-05-08 07:34Kalimba Reptile Park4
2021-05-08 12:02Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle
2021-04-30 06:30Serengeti NP--Seronera8
2021-05-08 06:37Lower Zambezi NP1
2021-04-24 16:14Lake Nakuru NP
2021-05-08 10:30Lake Nakuru NP--Lake Nakuru Lodge
2021-05-08 15:29Soysambu Conservency4
2021-05-08Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp
2021-05-08Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater
2021-04-17 15:21Manguo Swamp1
2021-05-14 07:40Al Qahma (القحمة)2
2021-05-15 14:42South Luangwa NP
2021-05-08 08:30Brackenhurst4
2021-05-01 14:00KEFRI Lands, Kikuyu4
2021-05-08 05:31South Luangwa NP--Mfuwe Lodge
2021-05-08 11:52Ngong Forest Sanctuary (west section)
2021-05-08 06:56Ngong Forest Sanctuary
2021-05-16 06:00Kfeet, Wetlands & Lily Lake, Karura Forest1
2021-05-08 07:39Nairobi River @ National Museums of Kenya (incl. Boulevard Hotel)3
2021-05-08 06:15Urban Nairobi (general)
2021-05-08 06:50Nairobi NP--Nagolomon Dam1
2021-05-08 06:34Nairobi NP7
2021-04-23 16:01Buffalo Springs NR
2021-05-08 07:05Dandora WTP, Ruai5
2021-05-08 09:42Thika Wastewater Treatment Plant1
2021-04-22 06:38Shaba NR14
2021-04-20 07:47Lukenya Hill (1600-1820m)3
2021-05-02 07:45Magongo Hills15
2021-04-18 09:00Engikaret Lark Plains--Acacia Scrub to South3
2021-05-13 14:50Arusha Airport2
2021-05-08 11:42Masinga Dam2
2021-05-08 08:02Arusha NP4
2021-05-08 16:09Amboseli NP2
2021-04-25 06:27Amboseli NP--Ol Tukai Lodge8
2021-05-08 07:03Lake Chivero NP2
2021-05-12 08:05Outward Bound School and surrounds4
2021-05-12 10:35Al Sadd Lake4
2021-05-08 06:52Greystone Nature Preserve2
2021-05-14 16:32Harare--Mukuvisi Woodlands2
2021-05-08 16:40Cleveland Dam/Haka Game Park2
2021-04-27 07:07Bierspruitdam6
2021-04-27 11:25Pilanesberg NP (please be more specific)6
2021-04-24 05:42Pilanesberg NP--Pilanesberg Center5
2021-05-16 07:37Pilanesberg NP--Bakabung4
2021-04-27 09:09Pilanesberg NP--Manyane8
2021-05-08 09:23Rockwall Dam4
2021-05-15 11:00Tsavo West NP--southern section3
2021-05-15 08:12Blouberg Nature Reserve1
2021-04-17 06:30Boons Road2
2021-04-26 15:56Bela-Bela4
2021-05-13 06:35Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch3
2021-05-07 07:02Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden2
2021-05-02 10:02Diepsloot Nature Reserve1
2021-05-01 07:05Kloofendal Municipal Nature Reserve4
2021-05-10 16:30Eagle Canyon Golf Estate8
2021-05-06 10:48Golden Harvest Park2
2021-05-14 06:35Northcliff Ridge Eco Park3
2021-04-24 10:05Rietfontein Nature Reserve1
2021-05-14 08:58President Ridge Bird Sanctuary4
2021-05-06 16:18Johannesburg Botanical Gardens1
2021-05-02 11:29Pretoria National Botanical Garden2
2021-05-08 07:08Glen Austin Bird Sanctuary15
2021-04-22 10:13Rietvlei Nature Reserve2
2021-05-08 13:30Brackendowns3
2021-04-24 11:00Mkhombo Nature Reserve5
2021-05-08 06:19Nyanga NP1
2021-05-09 08:49Aberfoyle Lodge7
2021-04-25 10:20Wilge River Valley (upper)4
2021-05-08 18:21Katiyo Tea Estate2
2021-05-08 10:23Marievale Bird Sanctuary2
2021-05-08 06:30Shimba Hills NR10
2021-05-15 06:04Kruger NP--Banyini Pan (ltd access)30
2021-05-15 15:12Kruger NP--Sandpit (Limited Access)20
2021-05-08 15:46Arabuko-Sokoke Forest1
2021-05-14 14:30Kruger NP--Lanner Gorge (ltd access)14
2021-04-25 09:30Mtwapa--Ngamani2
2021-04-27 08:50Nguuni Nature Sanctuary
2021-05-08 16:42Tiwi Beach--Kongo River Estuary
2021-05-08 12:42Arabuko-Sokoke Forest--Swamp2
2021-05-08 13:31Mikimba Swamp1
2021-05-08 06:26Haller Park--Bamburi Nature Trail1
2021-05-08 18:05Mida Creek1
2021-05-13 06:06Arabuko-Sokoke NP--Kenya Forest Service15
2021-05-08 06:00Kruger NP--Pafuri Picnic Site
2021-04-22 21:08Majete Game Reserve100
2021-05-14 06:07Kruger NP--Reedbuckvlei (restricted access)8
2021-05-12 13:53Sabaki River Estuary5
2021-05-08 06:12Tana Delta--Kalota1
2021-05-11 15:44Manda Island (incl. airport)4
2021-04-27 16:25Kruger NP--Shimuwini Bushveld Camp3
2021-04-27 10:00Lowveld National Botanical Gardens
2021-04-26 07:06Nelspruit--Friedenheim Area6
2021-05-11 08:34Singita Ebony Lodge
2021-04-24 06:55Steiltes Nature Reserve
2021-04-27 09:06Kruger NP--Transport Dam4
2021-04-27 13:33Kruger NP--Skukuza Golf Club8
2021-04-27 10:54Kruger NP--Skukuza Camp13
2021-05-08 06:30Kruger NP--Berg-en-Dal Camp
2021-05-02 11:32Kruger NP--Malelane Gate (Crocodile River Bridge)13
2021-05-02 13:48Kruger NP--Lower Sabie Rest Camp5
2021-05-08 07:48Klipfontein Bird Sanctuary2
2021-05-09 07:00Macaneta-- Wetland, dune forests and coast200
2021-04-28 15:36Casa Babi5
2021-04-29 06:00Phinda GR
2021-05-08 06:03Dunes de Dovela2