Asian House Martin

Scientific Name: Delichon dasypus
Malay Name: Layang-layang Gunung Asia
Chinese Name: 烟腹毛脚燕

Breeding Range: (EU) s, e
Nonbreeding Range: OR

Polytypic. Subspecies are: cashmeriense, nigrimentale, dasypus.

Local Subspecies: dasypus

Size: 12-13 cm

Adult resembles Barn Swallow but has all darkish-blue head and upperparts with broad greyish-white rump and underparts, darkish underwing-coverts and shallow forked tail.

Similar looking species: Siberian House Martin, Barn Swallow, Sand Martin

Habitat: Forest and open areas.


Local Status: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Recent sightings were at Jelutong Tower in October 2014 & 2017, and Kranji Marsh in April 2017.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page ↗
Photos: Oriental Bird Images ↗
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link ↗
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link ↗
eBird Species page: eBird (Asian House-Martin) ↗

BirdLife International. (2016). Delichon dasypus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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