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
2020-02-16 08:00Lac Mbeubeusse3
2020-02-01 15:04RN de Somone--Lagune3
2020-01-30 08:30PN des Oiseaux du Djoudj1
2020-02-13 12:25Richard Toll--east and south-east1
2020-02-04 12:30Tanji Bird Reserve5
2020-02-02 12:06Tujereng Lagoon3
2020-02-15 08:58Tujereng Wood10
2020-02-11 16:26Brufut Woods10
2020-02-10 17:05Senegambia Hotel Gardens and Beach10
2020-02-13 15:19Kotu Creek--Bridge and Mouth60
2020-01-31 08:45Kotu Creek40
2020-01-20 15:00Calypso Beach Bar3
2020-01-22 10:30PNDS--Mangroves Toubacouta/Sipo
2020-02-13 08:55Abuko NR40
2020-02-16 08:10Tambi rice fields10
2020-02-15 08:40Kartong Wetland15
2020-01-23 09:22Dassilame Serere--Village et mangrove1
2020-02-11 10:55Lamin Lodge50
2020-01-21 15:50Sandicoly--Zone amodiée
2020-01-25 08:01Marakissa Rivercamp5
2020-01-21 11:38Santhie Bera--Barrage et brousse
2020-01-22 16:42Jardins de Keur Mama Lamine
2020-02-12 09:17Farasuto Forest Community Nature Reserve20
2020-02-08 08:15Pirang Fish Ponds10
2020-01-21 08:23Route Passi - Kaolack (N5)
2020-02-04 08:17Diembéring--Ecoparc4
2020-01-29 07:30Kabrousse10
2020-02-04 15:32Kagnout--Marais4
2020-02-03 08:06Forêt de Djibelor (Eaux et Forêts)
2020-02-10 08:24Janjanbureh--North Bank50
2020-02-06 16:42Campement de Wassadou20
2020-02-09 13:09Hotel Barmoi2
2020-02-07 10:40Parc Urbain Bangr-Weoogo1
2020-02-05 15:30Mole NP--general (use more specific hot spot if possible)2
2020-01-27 07:13LDS temple, Accra3
2020-01-29 07:43Shai Hills Resource Reserve6
2020-02-01Sakumono Lagoon
2020-01-31 16:13Amurum Forest Reserve (APLORI)8
2020-01-22 16:00São Tomé--Santa Catarina
2020-02-15 09:00PN Obô de São Tomé--Lagoa Amélia trail
2020-01-22 09:10Praia Governadora
2020-02-01 08:00PN Obô de São Tomé--Mangal de Malanza
2020-01-20 06:25Príncipe--Santo Antonio to Bela Vista
2020-01-20 07:55Santo António
2020-02-02 17:59Yaounde Golf Club
2020-01-27 07:05Oppi Koppi Lodge2
2020-02-17 17:45Etotongwe Lodge2
2020-02-11 15:25Tambuti Lodge15
2020-02-10 06:41Windhoek--Hosea Kutako Airport20
2020-02-01 06:30Queen Elizabeth II NP20
2020-02-01 16:00Queen Elizabeth II NP--Kazinga Channel8
2020-02-02 08:40Rusizi Delta Nature Reserve10
2020-02-18 07:05Murchison Falls NP--Pakuba20
2020-02-17 15:10Murchison Falls NP--Northern Gate area20
2020-02-06 16:00Murchison Falls NP--north side (Paraa to Albert Nile swamps)30
2020-02-06 07:15Murchison Falls NP--Boat trip Paraa to Victoria Nile Delta15
2020-02-18 13:00Murchison Falls NP--Nile River15
2020-02-05 14:00Murchison Falls NP--Boat trip Paraa to Murchison Falls30
2020-02-07 07:50Murchison Falls NP--Murchison Falls vicinity10
2020-01-29 09:20Kakoge1
2020-02-13 15:20Katima Mulilo WTP1
2020-01-25 09:21Mabamba Swamp10
2020-02-05 09:30Entebbe Botanical Garden3
2020-01-21 06:30Kidepo Valley NP25
2020-02-17 05:45Zambezi NP11
2020-01-22 13:30Harry Mwanga Nkumbula Intl Airport1
2020-02-09 15:34Zambesi river cruise (ZW side)25
2020-02-01 06:15Elephant Hills Golf Course10
2020-02-16 15:35Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side)4
2020-01-22 10:22Victoria Falls NP--The Elephant Camp3
2020-01-20 07:46Kisumu Waterfront (incl. Ndunga Swamp, Hippo Pt. and Impala Park)4
2020-02-10 09:51Serengeti NP--Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge2
2020-01-31 07:20Abidjatta-Shalla NP2
2020-01-30 16:30Paardevlei1
2020-02-15 10:54Lake Manyara NP (Arusha)50
2020-02-16 10:45Lake Manyara NP--Migunga Tented Camp3
2020-02-08 09:00Lake Manyara NP (Manyara)2
2020-01-27 07:40Paradise Lost2
2020-02-13 07:21Kfeet, Wetlands & Lily Lake, Karura Forest1
2020-02-17 07:21Karura Forest, Muthaiga1
2020-02-15 11:04Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club, Marurui5
2020-02-16 07:51Nairobi NP1
2020-02-14 16:00Tarangire NP--Tarangire Safari Lodge10
2020-02-16 06:59Awash NP--Lodge and Falls2
2020-01-28 11:21JK International Airport, Embakasi100
2020-02-14 06:16Tarangire NP--Matete Picnic Site10
2020-01-26 06:38Awash NP (Please use more specific hotspot)4
2020-02-18 07:45Tarangire NP1
2020-02-01 07:40Swara Plains Conservancy and Acacia Camp (formerly Hopcraft Ranch/Game Ranching Ltd.)2
2020-02-09 16:00Magongo Hills10
2020-02-17 09:30Arusha Airport35
2020-02-16 08:04Arusha NP5
2020-02-02 06:00Nyika National Park4
2020-02-17 06:30Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge15
2020-02-03 07:21Amboseli NP12
2020-02-16 16:58Benfontein Nature Reserve3
2020-02-11 08:00Hondo Hondo Udzungwa Forest Camp6
2020-02-08 06:00Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific)20
2020-02-18 06:26Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden2
2020-02-02 10:34Rooiwal WTP1
2020-01-20 06:20Kloofendal Municipal Nature Reserve4
2020-02-16 06:49Eagle Canyon Golf Estate2
2020-01-20 09:57Golden Harvest Park3
2020-01-29 16:52Norscot Koppies Kingfisher Nature Reserve8
2020-02-18 08:38Jukskei River3
2020-02-03 09:34President Ridge Bird Sanctuary3
2020-02-10 10:20LC de Villiers Sports Center6
2020-02-10 10:32University of Pretoria--Experimental Farm2
2020-02-03 17:55Candlewoods Wetland1
2020-01-25 08:37Free State Botanical Gardens2
2020-01-28 06:35Faerie Glen Nature Reserve3
2020-02-15 05:43Rietvlei Nature Reserve6
2020-02-15 15:36Polokwane GR6
2020-02-06 07:25OR Tambo International Airport2
2020-01-20 09:16Korsman Bird Sanctuary3
2020-02-01 07:50Selous Game Reserve--Roho Ya Selous5
2020-02-03 07:43Selous Game Reserve--Lake Manze150
2020-02-01 15:51Leopard Rock Lodge1
2020-02-08 15:12Buda Dam
2020-02-08 14:29Nimbodze Swamp, Msambweni
2020-01-25 15:05Arabuko-Sokoke Forest
2020-02-09 12:17Funzi Bay
2020-02-08 07:33Tiwi Swamp
2020-02-08 12:51Msambweni--Mukurumudzi River and Estuary
2020-02-15 14:00Nguuni Nature Sanctuary5
2020-02-09 16:13Diani Golf Club
2020-02-10 09:13Diani--Kaya Kinondo
2020-01-25 16:30Mida Creek
2020-01-26 06:42Arabuko-Sokoke NP--Kenya Forest Service
2020-01-24 07:01Lake Chem Chem
2020-02-11 06:45Mwamba Field Study Centre2
2020-01-25 18:50Kruger NP--Pafuri Picnic Site2
2020-02-12 17:24Lower Tana River Delta1
2020-02-07 08:25Sabaki River Estuary
2020-01-25 15:22Kruger NP--Crooks Corner5
2020-02-12 17:51Tana Delta--Jetty - Delta Dunes Lodge
2020-02-14 06:58Tana Delta--Delta Dunes Lodge
2020-01-25 05:20Liwonde National Park--Mvuu10
2020-01-25 14:21Liwonde National Park25
2020-02-08 06:55Kruger NP--Babalala Picnic Spot3
2020-01-24 05:30Zomba Plateau--campsite5
2020-01-23 21:23Kruger NP--Phalaborwa Gate5
2020-02-01 06:55Nelspruit--Lowveld National Botanical Garden10
2020-01-29 05:58Nelspruit Nature Reserve3
2020-02-08 12:37Macaneta--Tidal wetland, dune forests and coast1
2020-02-01 07:00Maputo Special Reserve--Lagoa Chiguti3