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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Asian House Martin Delichon dasypus
Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
Peak week Oct 22-Oct 28
Early date 07 Oct 1995
Late date 11 Mar 2017
Previously considered a rare migrant, an increased number of sightings in recent years might be due to better coverage of raptor migration hotspots.


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.

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