Needle-Tailed Swift

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Needle-tailed swift
Needle-tailed swift.
Acanthyllis caudacuta, Lath.

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Also known as white-throated needletail, or spine-tailed swift, the needle-tailed swift (Hirundapus caudacutus) is a migratory bird in the family Apodidae. In the summer, it breeds in the mountainous region of Central Asia and is rarely seen in western Europe. It is the fastest bird in flapping flight.

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