Scientific Name: Hemiprocne comata
Malay Name: Layang-layang Berjambul Kecil
Chinese Name: 小须凤头雨燕
Range: Found from Malay Peninsula, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo to the Philippines.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: comata, major.
Local Subspecies: comata
Size: 15-16.5 cm
Identification: 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: Former resident and very rare visitor
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
- Bird List Revision for May 2019 (Revisions)
- Local extinctions of Singapore birds (Science)
- Messages from the Cinereous and Streaked Bulbuls (Science)
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Whiskered Treeswift)
BirdLife International. (2016). Hemiprocne comata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22686900A93130401.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Whiskered Treeswift. Retrieved on June 3, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/whiskered-treeswift.