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  Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)





Glossy Swiftlet | Collocalia esculenta photo
Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta), Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

Image by Lip Kee - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Glossy Swiftlet | Collocalia esculenta photo
Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta), Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

Image by Lip Kee - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



GLOSSY SWIFTLET FACTS

Description
The Glossy Swiftlet is a small swift. It is glossy blue black above and black below with white belly. The underside of the tail has small white spots near the base. It is a vagrant to mainland Australia with sightings in far north Queensland. They are active birds and catch their food of flying insects on the wing.

Size
10 cm

Habitat
feed on the wing over various habitats mostly in open areas

Food
insects caught on the wing

Breeding
It nests caves and buildings, on vertical surface or under overhang or ceiling. The nest is made of grass or other plant fibre cemented to a surface with saliva.

Range
The Glossy Swiftlet is found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea. In Australia it is a vagrant on islands of the Torres Strait and far north Queensland.

distribution map showing range of Collocalia esculenta in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Apodidae
Genus:Collocalia
Species:esculenta
Common Name:Glossy Swiftlet