For the purposes of our bird news services, this species is classed as Common: common species, including species that are certain or probable escapees from captivity when occurring in the British Isles. (Note that rarity levels are currently applied nationally and may not reflect local variations in abundance.)
Swift breeds in the following countries (Bird News Extra subscribers will see population statistics and information on trends for each country, and a map of population densities):
Albania Andorra Armenia Austria Azerbaijan Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Canary Islands Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Gibraltar Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia Lichtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia Malta Moldova Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Serbia and Montenegro Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine
The discovery of an apparent Chimney Swift in York at the end of July sparked a lot of interest at the time. Subsequently the identification has become hotly debated. Brett Richards asks further questions over this bird's identity. read on
To understand more about our Swift population, the RSPB has launched a UK-wide online survey. read on
Late autumn is the time for Pallid Swift in Britain - or is it? Identification expert Martin Garner takes a look at separating Common Swift and Pallid Swift, but with the extra conundrum of Common Swifts of the race pekinensis thrown in for good measure. log in
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