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

Subspecies in India

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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 (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).


This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/). 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).

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total
BirdLife International 2017. Apus acuticauda (errata version published in 2018). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22686853A123787702. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T22686853A117600944.en. Accessed on 04 February 2020.

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Apus acuticauda (Jerdon, 1864) – Dark-rumped Swift. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/apus-acuticauda, accessed 2024/06/25.