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
2021-02-02 07:18Parque de N´Batonha (Lagoa do PNUD)
2021-02-12 09:16Mole NP--Samole Loop & waterhole8
2021-02-10 15:46White Volta River at Daboya2
2021-02-06 15:45Ebi Mangrove2
2021-02-09 06:41Abrafo-Gyaware road1
2021-02-16 07:53Sagyimase ("Atewa Range farm scrub")--mining concession2
2021-02-17 06:22Shai Hills Resource Reserve5
2021-02-21 12:58Chutes de la Lobé3
2021-02-21 09:00Bassera (Ancien village)2
2021-02-23 07:06Arebbusch Lodge
2021-02-20 16:30Chimpanzee Guesthouse1
2021-02-25 09:00Budongo Forest Reserve--Royal Mile3
2021-02-26 10:30Murchison Falls NP--Woodland savannah2
2021-02-09 16:00Lake Mburo NP--Entrance Road2
2021-02-10 07:00Lake Mburo NP1
2021-02-24 05:29Okavango Delta--Mombo/Little Mombo Camp1
2021-02-08 08:30Mabamba Swamp--Main channel9
2021-02-20 16:28Entebbe Botanical Garden1
2021-02-27 11:05Lutembe Bay Ramsar Site2
2021-02-23 13:20Lake Simbi
2021-01-30 22:28Ondango Swamp, Kendu Bay1
2021-02-04 07:05Kisumu Waterfront (incl. Ndunga Swamp, Hippo Pt. and Impala Park)
2021-02-08 09:14Augrabies Falls NP8
2021-02-14 06:30Maasai Mara NR* general (pls. use more precise loc.)
2021-02-28 06:30Kapishya Hot Springs Lodge1
2021-02-14 09:29Woodlands Stop-Over
2021-02-20 06:41South Luangwa NP--Mfuwe Lodge1
2021-02-28 09:00U of N Kabete Campus & Field Station (incl. Loresho Swamp)
2021-02-20 13:05Karen Country Club1
2021-02-07 14:48Kabete Dam (Gatara River)
2021-02-17 07:43Nairobi River @ National Museums of Kenya (incl. Boulevard Hotel)3
2021-02-21 07:06Nairobi NP
2021-02-26 08:10Tarangire NP--Tarangire Safari Lodge1
2021-02-19 08:00Bulawayo--Aisleby Sewage Works10
2021-02-15 09:00Magongo Hills4
2021-02-24 06:30Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge3
2021-02-10 05:08Greengrove Dam1
2021-02-28 07:49Abe Bailey Nature Reserve8
2021-02-26 05:49Kgomo-Kgomo5
2021-02-05 07:30Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific; Do not log Kgomo-Kgomo birds here.)
2021-02-13 06:25Nylsvley Nature Reserve--Vogelfontein2
2021-02-11 09:40Houtrivier Dam1
2021-02-09 15:00Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden2
2021-02-11 05:51Diepsloot Nature Reserve2
2021-02-04 16:11Lower Galana River, Tsavo East NP1
2021-02-19 08:00Eagle Canyon Golf Estate6
2021-02-20 12:51Dainfern1
2021-02-19 06:26Golden Harvest Park4
2021-02-17 11:45Norscot Koppies Kingfisher Nature Reserve5
2021-02-20 07:15Northcliff Ridge Eco Park2
2021-02-13 16:21President Ridge Bird Sanctuary9
2021-02-10 06:39Rietfontein Nature Reserve2
2021-02-27 10:49Bishop Bird Park2
2021-02-18 11:23University of Pretoria--Experimental Farm3
2021-02-20 06:33Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve34
2021-02-07 09:16Strubendam Bird Sanctuary2
2021-02-03 06:45Naturena8
2021-02-07 07:01Faerie Glen Nature Reserve2
2021-02-06 11:52Modderfontein Reserve30
2021-02-20 10:40Zebra Country Lodge5
2021-02-27 10:11Rietvlei Nature Reserve6
2021-02-22 18:03Bonaero Pan3
2021-02-14 06:20Thokoza Wetland3
2021-02-23 05:59Aberfoyle Lodge7
2021-02-22 06:23Wamba Marsh8
2021-02-12 07:48Bitou River Valley1
2021-02-12 10:12Piesang Valley and Estuary4
2021-02-11 10:20Ramisi Sugar Dam1
2021-02-12 08:15Shimoni Town and Seafront
2021-02-13 13:54Hwy B8 (btwn Malindi and Garsen)
2021-02-11 07:15Tiwi Swamp
2021-02-11 12:45Msambweni--Mukurumudzi River and Estuary1
2021-02-07 08:40Nguuni Nature Sanctuary
2021-02-27 08:35Devon Grasslands IBA (Mpumalanga Province)2
2021-02-20 04:57Kruger NP--Bridge over Luvuvhu River1
2021-02-07 14:15Kruger NP--Pafuri/S63 area2
2021-02-14 07:39Lower Tana River Delta
2021-02-13 06:37Sabaki River Estuary
2021-02-20 10:35Kruger NP--Crooks Corner6
2021-02-15 12:00Azure Boutique Resort Beach10
2021-02-08 16:45Chwaka Bay2
2021-02-21 16:54Kruger NP--Shingwedzi Camp20
2021-02-17 12:31Kruger NP--Phalaborwa-Letaba Rd2
2021-02-13 17:42Nelspruit Nature Reserve4
2021-02-11 05:13Singita Ebony Lodge5
2021-02-10 05:15Mala-Mala Game Reserve3
2021-02-06 21:06Kruger NP--Skukuza Camp1
2021-02-09 11:15Maloti-Drakensberg Park--Highmoor NR1
2021-01-31 06:04Hamburg Estuary2
2021-02-07 06:23Midmar Dam--South Shore (Thurlow Gate)1
2021-02-04 06:39Hilton--Mondi Forests2
2021-03-01 10:57Hilton--Doreen Clark NR2
2021-01-31 09:20Macaneta-- Wetland, dune forests and coast
2021-02-07 05:34Manyoni GR (please be more specific)2
2021-02-21 06:20Sibaya Coastal Forest Reserve2
2021-02-06 05:08Umhlanga Lagoon NR4
2021-02-16 10:30Dunes de Dovela3