House Swift

Scientific Name: Apus nipalensis
Malay Name: Layang-layang Sabit Biasa
Chinese Name: 小白腰雨燕

Found throughout Southeast Asia.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: nipalensis, subfurcatus, furcatus, 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, Common 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 (BirdLife International 2016)

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


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (House Swift)

BirdLife International. (2016). Apus nipalensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.