White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), also known as Needle-tailed Swift or Spine-tailed Swift

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Taxonomic species list: Family Apodidae

Tribe Cypseloidini

Tribe Collocaliiniswiftlets

Tribe Chaeturini – needletails

Tribe Apodini – typical swifts

  • Genus Panyptila
  • Genus Cypsiurus (2 species)
  • Genus Apus (some 17 species)

    Known fossil species are:

    • Apus gaillardi (Middle/Late Miocene of La Grive-St.-Alban, France)
    • Apus wetmorei (Early – Late Pliocene? of SC and SE Europe)
    • Apus baranensis (Late Pliocene of SE Europe)
    • Apus submelba (Middle Pleistocene of Slovakia).


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