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

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: Barn Swallow, Siberian House Martin

Habitat: Forest and open areas.


Local Status: Rare migrant

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1)

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

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore