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Nyanza Swift Apus niansae

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status full migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass 32.5 g

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 381,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals Unknown not applicable Not Applicable 0
Population trend Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 12.5 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be generally common to abundant throughout the Rift Valley Highlands (del Hoyo et al. 1999).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Congo Vagrant Extant        
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Vagrant Extant        
Eritrea Native Extant        
Ethiopia Native Extant Yes      
Kenya Native Extant        
Somalia Native Extant        
Tanzania Native Extant        
Uganda Native Extant        

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Eritrea Central Plateau: Keren site factsheet
Eritrea Senafe site factsheet
Ethiopia Ankober - Debre Sina escarpment site factsheet
Ethiopia Bahir Dar - Lake Tana site factsheet
Ethiopia Bale Mountains National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Borana-Saynt (Denkoro Forest) site factsheet
Ethiopia Chilimo-Gaji forest site factsheet
Ethiopia Choke mountains site factsheet
Ethiopia Dessa'a forest site factsheet
Ethiopia Entoto Natural Park and escarpment site factsheet
Ethiopia Gefersa reservoir site factsheet
Ethiopia Guassa Plateau (Menz) site factsheet
Ethiopia Hugumburda and Grat-Kahsu forests site factsheet
Ethiopia Jemma and Jara valleys site factsheet
Ethiopia Menagesha State Forest site factsheet
Ethiopia Metu - Gore - Tepi forests site factsheet
Ethiopia Mount Zuquala site factsheet
Ethiopia Mugo highlands site factsheet
Ethiopia Simien Mountains National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Sululta plain site factsheet
Ethiopia Tiro Boter - Becho forest site factsheet
Ethiopia Yegof forest site factsheet
Kenya Aberdare Mountains site factsheet
Kenya Cherangani Hills site factsheet
Kenya Kinangop grasslands site factsheet
Kenya Lake Elmenteita site factsheet
Kenya Lake Naivasha site factsheet
Kenya Lake Nakuru National Park site factsheet
Kenya Masai Mara site factsheet
Kenya Mau forest complex site factsheet
Kenya Mau Narok - Molo grasslands site factsheet
Kenya Mount Kenya site factsheet
Kenya Nairobi National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Arusha National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Manyara National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Longido Game Controlled Area site factsheet
Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro site factsheet
Tanzania Ngorongoro Conservation Area site factsheet
Tanzania North Pare Mountains site factsheet
Tanzania South Pare Mountains site factsheet
Uganda Kidepo Valley National Park site factsheet
Uganda Mount Elgon National Park site factsheet
Uganda Mount Moroto Forest Reserve site factsheet
Uganda Murchison Falls National Park site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Urban Areas major breeding
Artificial/Terrestrial Urban Areas major non-breeding
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable breeding
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable non-breeding
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude suitable breeding
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude suitable non-breeding
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) major breeding
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) major non-breeding
Savanna Dry suitable breeding
Savanna Dry suitable non-breeding
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable breeding
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable non-breeding
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude suitable breeding
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude suitable non-breeding
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Apus niansae. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/07/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/07/2014.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Apodidae (Swifts)
Species name author (Reichenow, 1887)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 381,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change