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swifts

Apodidae

There are almost 100 species in this family of birds. Swifts are found all over the world. These birds have the same short legs and tiny feet as their relatives, the hummingbirds. However, swifts are larger and have much longer pointed wings. This wing shape is an adaptation for spending time in the air pursuing their insect food. They look a lot like swallows ( Family Hirundinidae ) but are not related to them.

Glossary

acoustic

uses sound to communicate

bilateral symmetry

having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends.

chemical

uses smells or other chemicals to communicate

endothermic

animals that generate their own body heat through metabolic processes.

iteroparous

offspring are produced in more than one group (litters, clutches, etc.) and across multiple seasons (or other periods hospitable to reproduction). Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons (or periodic condition changes).

motile

having the capacity to move from one place to another.

oviparous

reproduction in which eggs are released by the female; development of offspring occurs outside the mother's body.

sexual

reproduction that includes combining the genetic contribution of two individuals, a male and a female

tactile

uses touch to communicate

visual

uses sight to communicate

 
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. "Apodidae" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed April 16, 2014 at http://www.biokids.umich.edu/accounts/Apodidae/

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