Glossy Swiftlet

Scientific Name: Collocalia esculenta
Alternative Name: White-bellied Swiftlet
Malay Name: Lelayang-Kecil Biasa
Chinese Name: 白腹金丝燕 (bái fù jīn sī yàn)

Found from Southern Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore to Indonesia.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: affinis, elachyptera, cyanoptila, vanderbilti, oberholseri, natalis, septentrionalis, isonota, marginata, bagobo, manadensis, esculenta, minuta, spilura, sumbawae, neglecta, perneglecta, amethystina, numforensis, nitens, erwini, stresemanni, heinrothi, spilogaster, tametamele, misimae, becki, makirensis, desiderata, uropygialis, albidior

Local Subspecies: cyanoptila

Size: 10 cm

A small swiftlet with square tail. Can be easily separate from similar looking Edible-nest Swiftlet and Black-nest Swiftlet by the whitish belly/vent and all black upperparts without any pale rump-band.

Similar looking species: Edible-nest Swiftlet, Black-nest Swiftlet

Habitat: Open habitat and forested areas.

Often seen flying/feeding just above the tree line taking various insects in flight.

Local Status: Scarce resident.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bukit Batok Nature Park and Singapore Botanic Gardens.


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