Wild Birds

Swifts & Swiftlets Found in the Philippines


Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)

Other birds found in the Philippines

The following Swifts and Swiftlets occur naturally in the Philippines:

Swifts & Swiftlets Found in the Philippines

Asian Palm Swift (Cypsiurus balasiensis) – Common resident breeder. Occurs in open country and cultivation. Strongly associated with Oil Palms.

Black-nest Swiftlet (Collocalia maxima)

Brown-backed Needletails (Hirundapus giganteus),

German’s Swiftlet (Collocalia germani or Aerodramus germani)

Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)

Grey-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis)

Palawan Swiftlet (Collocalia palawanensis) – Endemic forest bird

Philippine Needletail / Swift (Mearnsia picina) – subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests

Philippine Swiftlet (Aerodramus mearnsi) – Endemic

Purple Needletail – Swift – (Hirundapus celebensis) – Range: Northeastern Sulawesi through the Philippine islands of Luzon, Mindoro, Marinduque, Catanduanes, Calayan, Panay, Negros, Cebu, Leyte, Biliran, Mindanao and Basilan

Pygmy Swiftlet (Collocalia troglodytes) – Endemic

Uniform Swiftlet (Aerodramus vanikorensis)

Whiskered Treeswift (Hemiprocne comata)

Whitehead’s Swiftlet (Collocalia whiteheadi) – Endemic

Uniform Swiftlet (Collocalia vanikorensis)


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