ALPINE SWIFT

(Apus melba or Tachymarptis melba)

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Roberts VI / VII 418 / 145
Clements 2000 84.0810
Howard & Moore 2
(CBOS 5)
79-77

 

A large swift (21 to 22 cm), found in Africa, southern Europe and Asia. It is a common breeding migrant in South Africa, inhabiting mountains and gorges. It is gregarious, attracted to grass fires feeding off aerial arthropods.

 

List of Stamps showing Alpine Swift

 Country

SG

Michel

Year

Value

Central African Republic     1999 500f
Congo (DRC) 1617 mb   2000 9f
Gambia 4129m   2001 D8
Lesotho 1068  0949 1992 30s
Mozambique 1612   2002 5 000 m