Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Rare sighting of little swift in Scotland

Apus affinis Image copyright Michelle and Peter Wong/Wildscreen

A little swift has been spotted in Scotland for only the fourth recorded time.

The bird was discovered at Thortonloch, near Dunbar in East Lothian, on Hogmanay.

The little swift, whose scientific name is apus affinis, breeds from Africa eastwards through southern tropical Asia to western Indonesia.

The bird, which is also known as a house swift, typically nests around buildings and cliffs.