Asian House Martin

Scientific Name: Delichon dasypus

Malay Name: Layang-layang Gunung Asia

Chinese Name: 烟腹毛脚燕

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

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: cashmeriense, nigrimentale, dasypus.

Local Subspecies: dasypus

Size: 12-13 cm

Identification: 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: Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Siberian House Martin

Habitat: Forest and open areas.


Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Grassfields like Marina East Drive and Neo Tiew, as well as at Jelutong Tower and Henderson Waves observed on migration.

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BirdLife International. (2016). Delichon dasypus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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.