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
2020-06-27 18:55Bango - Djeuss1
2020-06-28 15:00Campement de Wassadou
2020-06-21 07:25Buhanga Eco Park8
2020-06-28 08:12Hwange NP--Kennedy Area20
2020-06-24 14:19Serengeti NP--Seronera2
2020-06-13 08:15Kiambi Lodge3
2020-06-21 09:00U of N Kabete Campus & Field Station (incl. Loresho Swamp)2
2020-06-27 16:53Lake Manyara NP--Maramboi Tented Camp1
2020-07-04 06:15Nairobi NP
2020-06-20 15:00Magongo Hills1
2020-06-18 09:07Sagala Lodge/Ndara Ranch
2020-06-12 11:35Tsavo East NP--southern section2
2020-07-08 08:20Hennops Hiking Trail11
2020-06-27 07:31Diepsloot Nature Reserve6
2020-07-02 06:00Lower Galana River, Tsavo East NP
2020-07-05 07:42Dinokeng Game Reserve (Please be more precise)5
2020-06-19 13:44Vaaloewer6
2020-07-03 09:30De Wagendrift Road7
2020-06-20 08:15Rietvlei Nature Reserve--Coots Corner1
2020-06-15 07:30Rietvlei Nature Reserve5
2020-06-20 11:36lower Galana River @ Kulalu, Kudu and Doa-Doa Camps5
2020-06-19 15:07Kulalu/Kudu school complex
2020-06-15 08:22Bullfrog Dam5
2020-06-21 16:37Sala Gate to Kakoneni
2020-06-20 10:03Piesang Valley and Estuary5
2020-06-19 10:10Lake Jilore
2020-07-05 13:20Mtwapa--Ngamani1
2020-07-07 11:05Nguuni Nature Sanctuary
2020-06-13 05:40Mida Creek
2020-06-17 06:43Temple Point & Mida Creek Mouth, Watamu
2020-06-19 08:02Lake Chem Chem
2020-06-25 05:54Mwamba Field Study Centre
2020-07-05 07:00Zomba Plateau12
2020-06-16 07:51Kruger NP--Phabeni Gate4
2020-06-29 16:46Nelspruit Nature Reserve2
2020-07-05 06:35Steiltes Nature Reserve2
2020-07-01 13:30Kruger NP--Malelane Gate (Crocodile River Bridge)10
2020-07-01 08:21Kruger NP--S25 (east)
2020-06-15 09:45Kruger NP--Lower Sabie Rest Camp
2020-06-14 07:54Marloth Park
2020-06-15 07:20Kruger NP--Duke waterhole
2020-07-02 15:46Kruger NP--Crocodile Bridge Camp1
2020-07-05 13:13Albert Falls NR2
2020-07-06 07:25Royal Jozini--Ndlovu Slipway10
2020-06-10 10:01Bluff National Park Golf Club1