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Asian Palm Swift
13 cm (5 in). A small swift with extremely long and narrow wings.
Common and locally abundant. Not globally threatened.
Forms a superspecies with the African Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvus and was also formerly lumped with this species.
Four subspecies recognized
Occurs wherever fan and betelnut palms are present. Cities, towns, cultivated area, rarer in forested areas. Up to 1500m.
A resident species.
Feeds on insects, eg. flying ants, termites and beetles. Highly gregarious, often found in foraging in mixed flocks with Little Swifts.
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.
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