Scientific Name: Hemiprocne comata
Malay Name: Layang-layang Berjambul Kecil
Chinese Name: 小须凤头雨燕
Found from Malay Peninsula, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo to the Philippines.
Polytypic. Subspecies are: comata, major.
Local Subspecies: comata
Size: 15-16.5 cm
Resembles Grey-rumped Treeswift but smaller. Body mostly olive-bronze with dark glossy blue crown, nape, upper throat and wings. Long white supercilium and malar streak. Whitish vent. Male has chestnut ear-coverts while female has blackish ear-coverts.
Similar looking species: Grey-rumped Treeswift
Habitat: Forested area.
Behaviour/Ecology: Feed on small insects taken in sallies from a perch.
Local Status: Very rare non-breeding visitor. Last know sighting was a female bird seen at the Central Catchment Forest on 9 August 2011.
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Central Catchment Forest and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
BirdLife International. (2016). Hemiprocne comata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.