The swift is a medium-sized aerial bird, which is a superb flier. It evens sleeps on the wing! It is plain sooty brown, but in flight against the sky it appears black. It has long, scythe-like wings and a short, forked tail. It is a summer visitor, breeding across the UK, but most numerously in the south and east. It winters in Africa
- Scientific name: Apus apus
- What they eat: Swifts feed almost exclusively on the aerial plankton of flying insects and airborne spiders of small to moderate size.
- Protected by The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981