Reactions of breeding common swifts (Apus apus) to explosions

Amnonn Hahn, Reuven Yosef

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Sonic booms or disruptive explosions cause differing response in wildlife. In May 2021, when missiles were fired at urban areas in Israel, we observed the responses of breeding common swifts (Apus apus). In both nests, the initial boom resulted in a startled awakening of the swifts. In one case, a parent engaged in displacement behaviour of feeding the young while in the second case a parent tried to clamber up the walls. Our data support earlier studies that although auditory booms are disruptive, they do not result in nest abandonment or nest failure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number21060
JournalJournal of Vertebrate Biology
Issue number21060
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • booms
  • nest-box
  • rockets
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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