Plume-toed Swiftlet

Scientific Name: Collocalia affinis
Malay Name: Lelayang-Kecil Biasa

Range:
Breeding Range: (OR) Eastern Indian Ocean, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo

Taxonomy:
Polytypic. Subspecies are affinis, elachyptera, vanderbilti, oberholseri, cyanoptila. Recently split from Glossy Swiftlet.

Local Subspecies: cyanoptila

Size: 10 cm

Identification:
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.

Habitat: Open habitat and forested areas.

Behaviour/Ecology:
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 and Bukit Batok Nature Park.

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External Links:
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Reference:
Rheindt FE et al. (2017) Speciation in Indo-Pacific swiftlets (Aves: Apodidae): integrating molecular and phenotypic data for a new provisional taxonomy of the Collocalia esculenta complex. Zootaxa