Alpine Swift

Apus melba

(A. m. melba )

Armenian Name: Սպիտակափոր մանգաղատև
Alpine Swift

See Plate 36 for Alpine Swift and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:20-22 cm, Wing Span:54-60 cm
Distribution Map: Map 188.
Description: Brown upperparts, breast band, undertail and underwing; white belly and throat.
Similar Species: Differs from Common Swift by larger size, white belly and throat.
Behavior: Flies constantly during day; at night, roosts on cliffs or walls of buildings, or believed to sleep in flight. Call is a loud descending stuttering trill.
Habitat: Mountains with sheer cliffs, caves, and deep gorges.
Food: Airborne invertebrates.
Nest: Cup of plant material and feathers glued to rock crevice with saliva.
Eggs: 30 mm, 3, white.