Alpine Swift

Tachymarptis melba - Martinet à ventre blanc

Systematics
  • Order 
    :

    Apodiformes

  • Family
    :

    Apodidés

  • Genus
    :

    Tachymarptis

  • Species
    :

    melba

Descriptor

Linnaeus, 1758

Biometrics
  • Size
    : 22 cm
  • Wingspan
    : 54 à 60 cm.
  • Weight
    : 80 à 120 g
Geographic range

Distribution

Description identification

Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba) is a species of bird in the Apodidae family.

Subspecific information 10 Subspecies

  • Tachymarptis melba melba (s Europe through Turkey to nw Iran)
  • Tachymarptis melba tuneti (Morocco through the Middle East and e to w Pakistan)
  • Tachymarptis melba archeri (n Somalia, sw Arabia to Jordan and Israel)
  • Tachymarptis melba maximus (Rwenzori Mts.. ne DRCongo, Uganda.)
  • Tachymarptis melba africanus (Ethiopia to South Africa and sw Angola)
  • Tachymarptis melba marjoriae (nc Namibia, nw South Africa)
  • Tachymarptis melba willsi (Madagascar)
  • Tachymarptis melba nubifugus (Himalayas)
  • Tachymarptis melba dorabtatai (w India)
  • Tachymarptis melba bakeri (Sri Lanka)

Foreign names

  • Martinet à ventre blanc,
  • Vencejo Real,
  • Andorinhão-real,
  • Alpensegler,
  • Havasi sarlósfecske,
  • Alpengierzwaluw,
  • Rondone maggiore,
  • Alpseglare,
  • Alpeseiler,
  • dážďovník skalný,
  • rorýs velký,
  • Alpesejler,
  • alppikiitäjä,
  • Witpenswindswael,
  • ballester comú,
  • Alpasvölungur,
  • jerzyk alpejski,
  • Alpu svīre,
  • planinski hudournik,
  • Белобрюхий стриж,
  • シロハラアマツバメ,
  • 高山雨燕,
  • 高山雨燕,

Voice song and cries

Habitat

Forest : Subtropical/Tropical Dry, Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland, Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane ; Savanna : Dry ; Shrubland : Subtropical/Tropical Dry ; Grassland : Temperate, Subtropical/Tropical Dry, Subtropical/Tropical Seasonally Wet/Flooded, Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude ; Wetlands (inland) : Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls), Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha), Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha), Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha), Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha) ; Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) : ; Artificial/Terrestrial : Urban Areas

Geographic range

Illustration

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