Definition of needletail in English:


(also needle-tailed swift)


  • An Asian spine-tailed swift, believed to be the world's fastest flying bird.

    Genus Hirundapus, family Apodidae: four species

    • ‘The needletails can seem drawn to the hills as if by a magnet; on good days, flocks arrive from the north, glide and circle around, then, with a few flaps of their wings, whoosh overhead like speeding bullets, and vanish to the south.’
    • ‘The fastest normal wing-flapping flight ever clocked was of the white-throated needle-tailed swift in India: a reported 219 miles per hour.’
    • ‘Larger species, such as white-throated needletail, are amongst the fastest flyers in the animal kingdom.’