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Whiskered Treeswift

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Male, subspecies major Photo © by Romy OconMt. Palay-palay, Cavite, Philippines
Male, subspecies major
Photo © by Romy Ocon
Mt. Palay-palay, Cavite, Philippines
Hemiprocne comata


[edit] Identification

With 16cm (6¼ in) 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

[edit] Distribution

Female, subspecies comataPhoto © by robby thaiSouth Thailand, May 2018
Female, subspecies comata
Photo © by robby thai
South Thailand, May 2018

Southeast Asia. Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines. Still common in most of its range and not globally threatened.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Two subspecies recognized[1]:

[edit] Habitat

Evergreen forest, locally also found in mature mangroves. From the plains up to ca. 1000m. Tends to prefer original forest.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects. Forages like other Treeswifts from perches. Usually not seen much above canopy height.

[edit] Breeding

Breeds from February to August. Breeds solitary in a half-saucer of saliva with feathers. Lays 1 egg.

[edit] Movements

Resident. Birds are believed to stay in their breeding territory all year.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from

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