- Hemiprocne comata
Photo by Romy Ocon
Photo taken: Mt. Palay-palay, Cavite, Philippines.
With 16cm the smallest of the four Treeswifts.
- Dark bronze body, dark blue wings
- Slightly crested
- Bold white supercilium from forehead to hindnape
- Second parallel white stripe from chin to neck
- Head otherwise glossy black with dark chestnut ear-coverts in male
- Female with blue-green ear-coverts
- Juveniles are finely barred brown, grey, tawny and white and are perfectly camouflaged, looking like a branch
Southeast Asia. Malay Pensinsula, Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines. Still common in most of its range and not globally threatened.
Two subspecies recognized:
Evergreen forest, locally also found in mature mangroves. From the plains up to ca. 1000m. Tends to prefer original forest.
Feeds on insects. Forages like other Treeswifts from perches. Usually not seen much above canopy height.
Breeds from February to August. Breeds solitary in a half-saucer of saliva with feathers. Lays 1 egg.
Resident. Birds are believed to stay in there breeding territory all year.
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