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Black Swift Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A large swift with long, curved, and pointed wings. The tail is slightly notched, but often appears square. It has a tiny, almost invisible bill and very small feet.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Vaux's Swift, slightly smaller than a Purple Martin.

    Relative Sizebetween sparrow and robinbetween sparrow and robin

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.1-7.2 in (18-18.4 cm)
      • Weight: 1.4-1.9 oz (40-55 g)