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Apus acuticauda (Jerdon, 1864) – Dark-rumped Swift

Taxonomic Notes:

Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

This species is rare. It inhabits forests of mountainous regions at the heights of 200m to 2,470m asl. It is migratory, breeding in India (mainly in Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Nagaland) and Bhutan. During the non-breeding seasons, it migrates to Sri Lanka, China, and Thailand (BirdLife International 2017). 

Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ( According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species has remained stable, with the current population estimate of 250-700 individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance may be due to logging, currently, major threats are unknown (BirdLife International 2017).

BirdLife International 2017. Apus acuticauda (errata version published in 2018). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22686853A123787702. Accessed on 04 February 2020.

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Bhavanarayeni, R., and A. Bayani. 2023. Apus acuticauda (Jerdon, 1864) – Dark-rumped Swift. Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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