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Whiskered Treeswift

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Hemiprocne comata
Photo by Romy OconPhoto taken: Mt. Palay-palay, Cavite, Philippines.
Photo by Romy Ocon
Photo taken: Mt. Palay-palay, Cavite, Philippines.


[edit] Identification

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

[edit] Distribution

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

[edit] Taxonomy

Two subspecies recognized:

[edit] Habitat

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

[edit] Behaviour

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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