Whiskered Swift

Unidentified Bird of Asia and Africa.

Physical description: Swift with pale-gray, whiskerlike markings around the beak. P^ossible explanations:

(1) Various known species of Swift (Family Apodidae) observed carrying feathers in their mouths or with their mouths full of food, causing the feather tracts on the cheeks to be stretched into a striped effect.

(2) An unknown species of swift.

Source: Phil Chantler, Swifts: A Guide to the Swifts and Treeswifts of the World, 2d ed. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2000).

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