White-throated needletail

species of bird

The white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus), also known as needle-tailed swift or spine-tailed swift, is a large swift in the genus Hirundapus. It can reach speeds of up to 170 km/h (105 mph) in flight.[2]

White-throated needletail
White-throated needletail Hunting over Wolotschajewka Perwaja (cropped).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Apodidae
Genus: Hirundapus
H. caudacutus
Binomial name
Hirundapus caudacutus
(Latham, 1801)

     Northern summer      Resident      Northern winter

They build their nests in rock areas in cliffs or hollow trees. They do not like to sit on the ground and spend most of their time in the air. They feed on small, flying insects like beetles, flies, bees and moths.[3]


  1. BirdLife International (2019). "Hirundapus caudacutus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T22686677A155548867. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22686677A155548867.en. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  2. Bourton, Jody (2 March 2010). "Supercharged swifts fly fastest". BBC News. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  3. "White-throated Needletail". BirdLife International. Retrieved 29 October 2017.