Scientific Name: Apus nipalensis
Malay Name: Layang-layang Sabit Biasa
Chinese Name: 小白腰雨燕 (xiǎo bái-yāo yǔ-yàn)
Found throughout Southeast Asia.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: nipalensis, subfurcatus, furcatus and kuntzi.
Local Subspecies: subfurcatus
Size: 14-15 cm
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.
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.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia