Fork-tailed Swift (species: Apus (Apus) pacificus) in Dharawal NP (Gaia Guide)
Apus (Apus) pacificus
Fork-tailed Swift

©Sergey Yeliseev: Fork-tailed Swift (Apus (Apus) pacificus)

©Tom Tarrant: Fork-tailed Swift

©K.C. Hung: Fork-tailed Swift (Apus (Apus) pacificus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Apodiformes
Family Apodidae
Genus Apus
Species Apus (Apus) pacificus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

They are black except for a white rump and they have a deep fork in their tail. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 18 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 54 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Pacific Swifts breeds from central Siberia eastwards through Asia. This species is migratory, wintering south to Australia. It is a rare vagrant in western Europe, but has been recorded as far west as Norway and Great Britain. (Wikipedia)


They are insectivorous.

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.