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Böhm's Spinetail

Neafrapus boehmi

The Böhm's spinetail, scientifically known as Neafrapus boehmi, is a swift of the family Apodidae. It is also referred to as the bat-like spinetail due to its silhouette in flight. This species was named to honor the German zoologist Richard Böhm.

Identification Tips

This swift is characterized by its swift-like appearance and flight behavior, resembling a bat. It is important to note the bird's association with Baobab trees when identifying it in the field.


Böhm's spinetail is typically found in the vicinity of Baobab trees, which are crucial to its existence in the wild.


The bird's range extends across various countries in Africa, including Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


As a swift, Böhm's spinetail exhibits the typical rapid and agile flight patterns of its family. It is often seen in the air near Baobab trees, where it is known to nest.


The species nests in cavities within Baobab trees, taking advantage of the natural hollows these magnificent trees provide.

Conservation status

The Böhm's spinetail is currently listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, indicating that, at present, it does not face an immediate threat of extinction in the wild.

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Ansie Stegen
15 Mar 2024 - 4:27am
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