Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
More discoveries. NEW: Zeiss Victory SF 32

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Personal tools
Main Categories

Asian Palm Swift

From Opus

Subspecies infumatus Photo by SeeTohMarymount Terrace, Singapore, February 2016
Subspecies infumatus
Photo by SeeToh
Marymount Terrace, Singapore, February 2016
Cypsiurus balasiensis


[edit] Identification

13 cm (5 in). A small swift with extremely long and narrow wings.

  • Body brownish, darkest on crown, rump slightly paler
  • Wings thin and very long
  • Long and narrow tail-streamers (often held folded)
  • Juveniles are paler and have slightly shorter tail-streamers

[edit] Distribution

Southeast Asia: Indian Subcontinent, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Common and locally abundant. Not globally threatened.

[edit] Taxonomy

Forms a superspecies with the African Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvus and was also formerly lumped with this species.

[edit] Subspecies

Four subspecies recognized[1]

[edit] Habitat

Occurs wherever fan and betelnut palms are present. Cities, towns, cultivated area, rarer in forested areas. Up to 1500m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Movements

A resident species.

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects, eg. flying ants, termites and beetles. Highly gregarious, often found in foraging in mixed flocks with Little Swifts.

[edit] Breeding

Breeds all year round with local peaks. Nest built in palm fronds, sometimes in thatched roofs, usually small groups breeding together. The nest is a tiny half-cup, attached on three sides to palm leaves. The two eggs are not glued to nest as in African Palm Swift.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from

[edit] Recommended Citation

[edit] External Links


Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.25242496 seconds with 8 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 11:45.