Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Apodiformes > Family: Apodidae > Genus: Apus > Species: Apus unicolor

Plain Swift - Apus unicolor (Jardine, 1830)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU Population status
Protected by EU Birds Directive and 1 other international agreement
Natura 2000 sites 10 are designated for this species
Breeding habitats
  • sparsely vegetated land
Natura 2000 species code A425


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Threat and EU population status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

EU population status

The status of the population at the EU level was evaluated at the species level; this was based on the reports delivered by Member States under Article 12 of the Birds Directive (see fact sheet below). The EU status assessment can cover several subspecies/subspecific population units. For more information, please consult the species fact sheet and link below.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered
Population status categories for bird species under the Birds Directive
Near Threatened, declining or depleted
Threatened (i.e. vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered, regionally extinct)
Unknown or not evaluated

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
PTMAD0001 Portugal Laurissilva da Madeira Map
PTMAD0002 Portugal Maciço Montanhoso Central da Ilha da Madeira Map
PTMAD0003 Portugal Ponta de S. Lourenço Map
PTMAD0005 Portugal Achadas da Cruz Map
PTMAD0006 Portugal Moledos - Madalena do Mar Map
PTMAD0007 Portugal Pináculo Map
PTPOR0001 Portugal Ilhéus do Porto Santo Map
PTPOR0002 Portugal Pico Branco - Porto Santo Map
PTZPE0041 Portugal Maciço Montanhoso Oriental da Ilha da Madeira Map
PTZPE0064 Portugal Ponta de S. Lourenço Map

Protected sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Andorinhão-unicolor Portuguese Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Eilandgierzwaluw Dutch Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Einfarbsegler German Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Enfärgad seglare Swedish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Jerzyk jednobarwny Polish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Madeirankiitäjä Finnish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Martinet unicolore French Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Plain Swift English Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Rondone unicolore Italian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Rorýs jednobarvý Czech Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Vencejo Unicolor Spanish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
No synonyms available.

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EBCC Atlas of breeding birds European Bird Census Council's Atlas of Breeding Birds
EURing code:07940 European bird-ringing
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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