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House Swift

Apus nipalensis (Hodgson, 1837)

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Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
House Swift - Apus nipalensis subfurcatus Amar-Singh HSS 2019-05-12 Kinta District (near Ipoh), Negeri Perak, Perak (Malaysia) (40 m) flight call -

I observed ~ 100 House Swift nesting under an overhead bridge/road in the city early in the morning. The adults were actively feeding juveniles and were very vocally active around nests with thrills and screams. The thrills are a done communally with many birds singing out together, gathering into a crescendo and down again. When 30-50 birds do it together it can be quite loud under a large bridge. A composite recording made from 2 different recordings is here. I am not able to clean the background sounds (cars, occasional Starlings and dogs) as calls are made almost continually by some birds. The sonogram show wonderful these calls are – very high frequency and stacked in uniform layers of 3-4khz, spaced very regularly, packing 13-16 calls in a second. The rising and falling nature of the group calls is created by more bird joining and then withdrawing as a peak is reached.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

473886
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis subfurcatus Sander Pieterse 08-06-2010 Bukit Fraser, border of Pahang and Selangor, Pahang (Malaysia) (? m) calls (A) - Several birds around a house on the hill (The Lodge) near the end of the Bishop's Trail. They were flying on and off and some were sitting underneath the roof (nesting?). 65521
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis Somkiat Pakapinyo (Chai) 2017-07-16 Lampang, Mueang Lampang District, Lampang, Lampang (Thailand) (240 m) flight call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

379919
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis Ross Gallardy 2015-02-20 Doi Chiang Dao, near temple, Chiang Mai (Thailand) (550 m) call -

calling while sitting on nest

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

295233
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis Ross Gallardy 2015-02-20 Doi Chiang Dao, near temple, Chiang Mai (Thailand) (550 m) call -

calling while sitting on nest

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

295232
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis furcatus Ding Li Yong 2014-06-19 Bogor Botanical Gardens, Bogor, West Java, Jawa Barat Province (Indonesia) (280 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

182847
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis subfurcatus Sander Pieterse 08-06-2010 Bukit Fraser, border of Pahang and Selangor, Pahang (Malaysia) (? m) calls (B) - Several birds around a house on the hill (The Lodge) near the end of the Bishop's Trail. They were flying on and off and some were sitting underneath the roof (nesting?). 65520
xeno-canto.org
House Swift - Apus nipalensis Kuan-Chieh (Chuck) Hung, Taiwanbirdguide.com 2018-05-01 East District (near Chiayi), Chiayi City, Taiwan Province, Chiayi (Taiwan) (40 m) begging call -

Rescue birds in the box. This is the begging call. First calendar year bird.

Tascam DR100 MKIII with internal unidirectional microphone.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

417927
xeno-canto.org
House Swift - Apus nipalensis Prashant Kumar 2019-08-25 Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, Nainital (India) (360 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

494273
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis Marc Anderson 2015-07-16 Sibu, Bahagian Sibu, Sarawak, Sarawak (Malaysia) (10 m) flight call -

Dozens of birds flying outside 9th floor of hotel window.

bird-seen:yes

266138
xeno-canto.org
House Swift - Apus nipalensis Mike Nelson 2013-09-12 Fraser's Hill, Pahang, Fraser's Hill, Pahang (Malaysia) (1200 m) call -

Several birds nesting under the eves

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

151546
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis Marc Anderson 2015-07-16 Sibu, Bahagian Sibu, Sarawak, Sarawak (Malaysia) (10 m) flight call -

Dozens of birds flying outside 9th floor of hotel window.

bird-seen:yes

266139
xeno-canto.org
House Swift - Apus nipalensis kuntzi Anon Torimi 2016-05-29 Taishi town, Osaka Prefecture, Osaka (Japan) (40 m) call -

Bird in flight. The location is approximate.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

319167
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis furcatus Phil Gregory 2015-06-03 Payangan, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Bali (mainland) (Indonesia) (700 m) flight call -

Nesting under a road culvert near the big dam

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

346527
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis David Farrow 12-3-2008 ?, Taiwan (Taiwan) (? m) song (B) -   37518
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis kuntzi Ko Chie-Jen (Jerome) 2012-05-30 Ruisui Township, Hualien County, Hualien (Taiwan) (80 m) flight call -

flight calls of a flock of 10-20 birds circling around a bridge

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

113199
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis kuntzi Anon Torimi 2016-05-29 Taishi town, Osaka Prefecture, Osaka (Japan) (40 m) call -

Bird in flight. High-pitch voice. The location is approximate. Airplane noise (suppressed).

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

319168
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis subfurcatus Sander Pieterse 08-06-2010 Bukit Fraser, border of Pahang and Selangor, Pahang (Malaysia) (? m) calls (B) - Several birds around a house on the hill (The Lodge) near the end of the Bishop's Trail. They were flying on and off and some were sitting underneath the roof (nesting?). 65519
xeno-canto.org
House Swift - Apus nipalensis kuntzi Anon Torimi 2016-05-29 Taishi town, Osaka Prefecture, Osaka (Japan) (40 m) call -

Bird in flight. The location is approximate.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

319164
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis Andrew Mascarenhas 2019-10-13 Odxel, Goa, North Goa (India) (20 m) flight call -

Swarm of Swifts moving in coordinated sweeps just before sunset

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

502625
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis kuntzi Anon Torimi 2016-05-29 Taishi town, Osaka Prefecture, Osaka (Japan) (40 m) call -

Bird in flight. The bird flew to the nesting site (under the bridge) and then flew away. The final part is somewhat echoed by the bridge. The location is approximate. Traffic noise (partly suppressed).

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

319162
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis Desmond Allen 21-05-2009 Hong Kong, China (China) (? m) call (B) - Calls of many birds at nesting colony under building 79157
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis Mike Nelson 2009-08-02 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Sabah (Malaysia) (0 m) Call/song (C) - A large group foraging out over the ocean, recorded from our fifth floor balcony overlooking the ocean. You can hear one of the fishing boats in the background. 101722
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House Swift - Apus nipalensis Albert Lastukhin 2016-01-22 Tambon Pak Nam Pran, Amphoe Pran Buri, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan, Prachuap Khiri Khan (Thailand) (0 m) flight call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

362805
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