Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) - HBW 5, p. 453
French: Martinet pâle
Spanish: Vencejo Pálido
Other common names: Mouse-coloured Swift
Taxonomy: Cypselus pallidus Shelley, 1870, Egypt.
Forms superspecies with A. barbatus, A. berliozi and A. bradfieldi. A. niansae somalicus formerly placed in present species. Three subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- brehmorum Hartert, 1901 - W Palearctic from Portugal E to Turkey (except Dalmatian coast), and from Morocco to NW Egypt, including Canary Is and Madeira; winters in Sahel.
- illyricus Tschusi, 1907 - Dalmatian coast and possibly E Italian coast; winters in Sahel.
- pallidus (Shelley, 1870) - Banc d’Arguin through Sahara to Middle East and Pakistan; migratory populations winter in Sahel, with limited wintering coastal Pakistan.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
two birds coming to nest at Puente de Piedra Locality Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain (ssp brehmorum)
Enrique Pelayo 3 July 2011 1 year ago 1 min 2 sec 4
Birds inspecting potential nest sites under a hotel roof Locality Uludag, Bursa Province, Turkey (ssp brehmorum)
Stuart Fisher 6 May 2007 3 years ago 17 sec 3.4
Birds in flight Locality Uludag, Bursa Province, Turkey (ssp brehmorum)
Stuart Fisher 6 May 2007 3 years ago 20 sec 3.3
PhotosSee all 7 photos
Locality Abu Nakhla Ponds, Doha, Qatar
John A Thompson 15 February 2011 2 years ago 4.5
Locality Kmehin, Negev Desert, Israel
Lior Kislev 8 March 2013 13 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Marina del Carmolí, Murcia, Spain (ssp brehmorum)
Conrado Requena Aznar 30 July 2009 3 years ago 4.3
Locality Girona Province, Catalonia, Spain (ssp brehmorum)
Fran Trabalon 3 October 2012 33 weeks ago 4.2
Locality Arakhiya Farm, Al Rayyan, Qatar
John A Thompson 12 March 2010 3 years ago 4
A bird in flight.
Locality Ras Al Khabbah, Ash Sharqiyah Governorate, Oman (ssp pallidus)
Hanne and Jens Eriksen 45 weeks ago 3.5