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Alpine swift, Tachymarptis melba
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Apodidae
Tribe: Apodini
Genus: Tachymarptis
Roberts, 1922

Tachymarptis is a genus of bird in the swift family, Apodidae. It contains the Alpine swift (Tachymarptis melba) of Eurasia and Africa and the mottled swift (Tachymarptis aequatorialis) of Africa. They are large swifts with relatively broad wings, a large head, a medium-length forked tail and white in the underparts.[1] They are often included in the genus Apus but they are larger than other members of that genus, their nestlings have a different foot structure and they host different species of feather lice.[1] A recent study of mitochondrial and nuclear markers supports the separation of Tachymarptis and Apus.[2] The name Tachymarptis comes from Greek takhus ("fast") and marptis ("seizer").[3]


  1. ^ a b Chantler, Phil & Gerald Driessens (2000) Swifts: A Guide to the Swifts and Treeswifts of the World, 2nd ed., Pica Press, East Sussex.
  2. ^ Päckert, Martin; A. Feigl, M. Wink & D.T. Tietze (2011) Molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography of swifts (Apodidae: Apus, Tachymarptis). 5th IBS conference, 7‐11.01.2011, Irakleion, Crete, Greece.
  3. ^ Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 327. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.