SWIFT (Heb. סִיס, sis), a bird of the genus Apus of which three species are found in Israel, the most common being Apus apus pekinensis, a small black bird similar to the swallow. Large flights of swifts reach Israel at the end of February and frequent the populated places where their food – flies and mosquitoes – is to be found, filling the air with their cry
Lewysohn, Zool, 209, no. 258; F.S. Bodenheimer, Animal and Man in Bible Lands (1960), 58; J. Feliks, Animal World of the Bible (1962), 89.
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