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  • Scientific Names
    • Hirundapus caudacutus
    • Hirundapus caudacuta
  • English
    • White-throated Needletail
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    • WTNE
  • Portuguese
    • Andorinhão-de-ferradura
  • Spanish
    • Vencejo mongol
  • German
    • Stachelschwanzsegler

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White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus


February 14, 2010


St. Kilda (Google, OSM)
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Description from Wikipedia

The White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), also known as Needle-tailed Swift or Spine-tailed Swift, is a large swift. It is the fastest-flying bird in flapping flight, with confirmed speeds reaching 111.6 km/h (69.3 mph). It is commonly reputed to reach velocities of up to 170 km/h (105 mph), though this has not been verified.

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Conservation Summary

    Source: BirdLife International (2011) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 31/07/2011.