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Glossy Swiftlets


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The Glossy Swiftlets (Collocalia esculenta) is a species of swift in the Apodidae family.


Distribution / Range

It is found in Australia, Brunei, Christmas Island, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, and Vanuatu.



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.



  1. BirdLife International 2009 in IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.1.
  2. Simpson, Ken and Day, Nicholas (1999). Birds of Australia, pg. 156. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. ISBN 0691146926.


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