Alpine Swift determination[order] Apodiformes | [family] Apodidae | [latin] Apus melba | [UK] Alpine Swift | [FR] Martinet alpin | [DE] Alpensegler | [ES] Vencejo real | [IT] Rondone alpino | [NL] Alpengierzwaluw


Subspecies and global distribution

  1. Tachymarptis melba bakeri Sri Lanka
  2. Tachymarptis melba nubifugus Himalayas
  3. Tachymarptis melba willsi Madagascar
  4. Tachymarptis melba marjoriae nc Namibia, nw South Africa
  5. Tachymarptis melba africanus Ethiopia to South Africa and sw Angola
  6. Tachymarptis melba maximus Ruwenzori Mts. (ne DR Congo, Uganda)
  7. Tachymarptis melba archeri n Somalia, sw Arabia to Jordan and Israel
  8. Tachymarptis melba tuneti Morocco through the Middle East and e to w Pakistan
  9. Tachymarptis melba melba s Europe through Turkey to nw Iran
  10. Tachymarptis melba EU, AF widespread, also India

Literature

Title
Covariation between egg size and rearing condition determines offspring quality: an experiment with the alpine swift
Author(s): Pierre Bize, Alexandre Roulin and Heinz Richner
Abstract: A positive correlation between egg size, early growth and nestling survival has been frequently reported in the ornithological literature. Albeit of interest, most of these studies did not determine whether the relationship between egg size, early gr..[more]..
Source: Oecologia (2002) 132:231-234
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Title
Der Alpensegler (Tachymarptis melba) in Freiburg im Breisgau - Dynamik einer Population
Author(s): Matthias Schmidt
Abstract: Since the first record of two birds in 1952 the colony of the Alpine Swift in the city of Freiburg im Breisgau (SW Germany) has increased to at least 259 individuals in 1999. From the beginning the population has been monitored and protective measure..[more]..
Source: Naturschutz südl. Oberrhein 3: 35-44.
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Title
Female-biased mortality in experimentally parasitized Alpine Swift Apus melba nestlings
Author(s): P. Bize, A. Roulin, J. L. Tellas and H. Richner
Abstract: 1) Sex-biased mortality in adult vertebrates is often attributed to lower immunocompetence and higher parasite susceptibility of males. Although sex-specific mortality has also been reported during growth, the importance of sex-specific immunocompete..[more]..
Source: Functional Ecology 2005 19, 405-413
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Title
Parasitism and developmental plasticity in Alpine swift nestlings
Author(s): Pierre Bize, Alexandre Roulin, Louis-Felix Bersier, Dominik Pfluger and Heinz Richner
Abstract: 1) Development plasticity is a common evolutionary and phenotypic response to poor growth condition, in particular in organisms with determinate growth such as most birds and mammals. Because various body structures can contribute differently to over..[more]..
Source: Journal of Animal Ecology 2003 72, 633-639
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Title
Adoption as an offspring strategy to reduce ectoparasite exposure
Author(s): Pierre Bize, Alexandre Roulin and Heinz Richner
Abstract: Adoption occurs frequently in colonial species where both the cost of parasitism and the opportunity for dependent young to find a foster family are typically high. Because ectoparasites show highly aggregated distributions among colony members, we t..[more]..
Source: Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B (Suppl.) 270, S114-S116 (2003)
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Title
Apparent lack of effects of a high louse-fly infestation (Diptera, Hippoboscidae) on adult colonial Alpine Swifts
Author(s): Tella J.L., Gortazar C., Gajon A. & Osacar J.J.
Abstract: A population of Alpine Swifts Apus melba showed the highest louse-fly parasitization rate (74%) as far as known in birds. This might be caused by a limited ability to preen. The prevalence was lower in second-year birds than in adults, probably as a ..[more]..
Source: ARDEA 83 (2): 435-439
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Title
Second clutches in the Alpine Swift Apus melba.
Author(s): Antonov A. & Atanasova D.
Abstract: During a 2-year study in Sofia, Bulgaria, second clutches were recorded in Alpine Swift Apus melba, a species stated to raise only one brood per year. Each of the second clutches was laid after a successful first breeding attempt, in one case proved ..[more]..
Source: ARDEA 89 (3): 543-544
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Title
Additive effects of ectoparasites over reproductive attempts in the long-lived alpine swift
Author(s): PIERRE BIZE, ALEXANDRE ROULIN, JOSÉ L. TELLA, LOUIS-FÉLIX BERSIER and HEINZ RICHNER
Abstract: Parasitism is a non-negligible cost of reproduction in wild organisms, and hosts are selected to partition resources optimally between current and future reproduction. While parents can compensate for the cost of parasitism by increasing their curren..[more]..
Source: Journal of Animal Ecology (2004) 73 , 1080-1088
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Title
Parasitism, developmental plasticity and bilateral asymmetry of wing feathers in alpine swift, Apus melba, nestlings
Author(s): Pierre Bize, Alexandre Roulin and Heinz Richner
Abstract: The hypothesis that developmental instability is a cost of developmental plasticity is explored using the alpine swift (Apus melba) as a model organism. In a previous study, experimentally parasitized nestlings showed a reduced wing growth rate in ..[more]..
Source: OIKOS 106: 317-323, 2004
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Title
MELANIN-BASED COLORATION IS A NONDIRECTIONALLY SELECTED SEX-SPECIFIC SIGNAL OF OFFSPRING DEVELOPMENT IN THE ALPINE SWIF
Author(s): PIERRE BIZE et al
Abstract: Two mutually exclusive hypotheses have been put forward to explain the evolution and adaptive function of melanin-based color traits. According to sexual selection theory melanism is a directionally selected signal of individual quality, whereas theo..[more]..
Source: Evolution, 60(11), 2006, pp. 2370-2380
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