House Swift

Scientific Name: Apus nipalensis
Malay Name: Lelayang-Sabit Rumah
Chinese Name: 小白腰雨燕 (xiǎo bái-yāo yǔ-yàn)

Range:
Found throughout Southeast Asia.

Taxonomy:
Polytypic. Subspecies are: nipalensis, subfurcatus, furcatus and kuntzi.

Local Subspecies: subfurcatus

Size: 14-15 cm

Identification:
Overall blackish plumage with whitish throat, broad clear white rump-band, long scimitar-shaped wings and squarish tail that is only slightly notched.

Similar looking species: Pacific Swift

Habitat: Forested, open and urban areas.

Behaviour/Ecology:
Feeds on flying insects, mainly flying ants, termites, bees, wasps and beetles. They also go for other tidbits that they can snatch on the wing like spiders.

Local Status: Formerly common but now a scarce resident.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Bishan Park, Pinnacle@Duxton, Punggol Barat, Lorong Halus, Tuas South and Pulau Ubin.

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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Reference:
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia