Pictures of Swifts, facts,and information
Though they look similar, Swifts are not to be confused with Swallows. Swifts are in a separate order called the Adpodiformes, which is the same order that hummingbirds are in. Swifts are some of the fastest animals alive. A common swift can reach up to 130 mph! The fastest animal in the world, the peregrine falcon, can fly 180 mph. Some characteristics of swifts include:
· A fork shaped tail
· Long, crescent shaped wings
· Never settle on the ground
Indian Swifts have developed echo location in order to navigate the caves they live in at night! The same species use their saliva to adhere their nests to the vertical walls of the caves that they inhabit.
The white-nest swiftlet and black-nest swiftlet exclusively use their saliva to construct their nests. For hundreds of years the Chinese have been collecting their nests to make birds nest soup. Birds nest soup is the most expensive soup in the word. Because of the growing popularity of the delicacy, the swift population is having a hard time thriving.