White-rumped Swift

Apus caffer

This intra-African summer migrant is relatively easy to distingush from horus and little swifts, given its deeply forked tail and narrow white rump.

During the summer months it can be seen on most birding excursions in and around Gauteng. Reliable spots to see and photograph this species include the bridge over the Pienaars River near Kgomo Kgomo and the bridge on Eendracht Road near Suikerbosrand.

We first recorded it in March 2010 while on a bird walk in the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens.


White-rumped Swift / Eendracht Road, South East Gauteng, South Africa / 07 January 2015 White-rumped Swift / Eendracht, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 27 October 2013 White-rumped Swift / Eendracht Road, Suikerbosrand, South Africa Eendracht-081 White-rumped Swift / El Karama, Nanyuki, Kenya White-rumped Swift / Eendracht, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 3 November 2013 White-rumped Swift / Eendracht Road, South East Gauteng, South Africa / 07 January 2015 White-rumped Swift / Devon, South Africa / 09 March 2013 White-rumped Swift / Eendracht Road, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 14 March 2015 White-rumped Swift / Ocean View, KZN, South Africa White-rumped Swift / Devon, South Africa / 09 March 2013 White-rumped Swift / Eendracht, Suikerbosrand, South Africa / 3 November 2013 White-rumped Swift / Ocean View, KZN, South Africa
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