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The little swift (Apus affinis) belongs to the family Apodidae under the order Apodiformes.

Little swift taxonomy

The family Apodidae comprises highly aerial birds which are amongst the fastest birds. These species have short and small legs. The name Apodidae, is derived from the Greek ἄπους (ápous), meaning "footless".

The family Apodidae is normally grouped into two subfamilies, four tribes and eighteen genera. The genus Apus comprises twenty species and is the second largest genus.

The type species was given the binomial name Hirundo apus by the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus in 1758. In 1777 based on tautonymy, the Italian naturalist Giovanni Antonio Scopoli (Johannes Antonius Scopolius) (3 June 1723 – 8 May 1788) had erected the genus name Apus.

A controversy rose out of a small crustacean being given the genus name Apus in 1801. In 1958, the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature ended the controversy.
Taxonomic classification
Binomial name:Apus affinis
Species:A. affinis

Apus affinis
1.Little swift - Apus affinis
Photo by Donald Hobern

Apus affinis
2.Little swift - Apus affinis
Photo by Peter Steward

Apus affinis
3.Little swift - Apus affinis
Photo by J.M.Garg

Apus affinis
4.Little swift - Apus affinis
Photo by J.M.Garg

Apus affinis
5.Little swift - Apus affinis
by Francesco Veronesi

Apus affinis
6.Little swift - Apus affinis
by Dave Curtis

Apus affinis
7.Little swift - Apus affinis
by Didier Descouens

Apus affinis
8.Little swift - Apus affinis
by Alandmanson


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1.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Donald Hobern | License: CC BY 2.0 as on 7/10/17
2.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Peter Steward | License: CC BY-NC 2.0 as on 7/10/17
3.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: J.M.Garg | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
4.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: J.M.Garg | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
5.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Francesco Veronesi | License: CC BY-SA 2.0 as on 7/11/17
6.Photo source:
Author: Dave Curtis | License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 as on 7/11/17
7.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Didier Descouens | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
8.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Alandmanson | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
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