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The Glossy Swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta) is a species of swift in the Apodidae family.
Distribution / Range
It is shiny black-blue above, including its rump; sometimes looks black and hooded. Chest black; belly to flanks white with fine black speckles at margins. Wing tips are rounded; underwing is black. Tail rounded with shallow notch and tiny white panels.
It is similar to the White-rumped Swiftlets, that its upper- and underparts must be seen to identify it.
It is 9-11.5 cm.
Calls / Vocalizations
The Glossy Swiftlets voice is a soft twittering.
- BirdLife International 2009 in IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.1.
- Simpson, Ken and Day, Nicholas (1999). Birds of Australia, pg. 156. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. ISBN 0691146926.
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