GLOSSY SWIFTLET FACTS
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.
feed on the wing over various habitats mostly in open areas
insects caught on the wing
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.
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.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at https://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Glossy Swiftlet|