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Swifts (Apus apus) are captivating aerial acrobats that grace the Irish skies during summer. These slender birds are known for their remarkable flying skills and distinctive calls.
Appearance: Sleek, brown plumage, long curved wings, and a short, forked tail.
Size: Adults are 16-17 cm long with a 38-40 cm wingspan.
Flight: Agile fliers, mostly in the air.
Activity: Most active during early mornings and late evenings.
Seasonal Presence: Arrive in late April or early May, leave in August or September, migrating from sub-Saharan Africa for breeding.
Nesting: They nest in cavities, often in buildings, showing fidelity to specific locations.
Threats: Modern construction practices reduce nesting sites, impacting swift populations.
Efforts: Initiatives in Ireland focus on awareness, nest box installation, and swift-friendly building practices.