Whiskered Treeswift

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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)

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Past accepted records in our database:

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.