French: Martinet géant German: Eilsegler Spanish: Vencejo gigante
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Subspecies and Distribution
H. g. indicus
(A. O. Hume, 1873) – SW India (S from Goa) and Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh and NE India E into SE Asia; Andaman Is.
H. g. giganteus
(Temminck, 1825) – Malay Peninsula, Greater Sundas, and SW Philippines (Palawan).
21–26·5 cm; 123–167 g. Very large swift with broad wings, pinched in at body, broad protruding head and bulky hind-body, short tail with prominent rectrix... read more
Similar to congeners. A high-pitched twittering, typically a few short notes followed by a trill.... read more
In Thailand over a wide range of habitats, mainly in lowlands, to 1800 m. Prefers primary forest... read more
Food and feeding
Predominantly Coleoptera, Hemiptera, Orthoptera and Hymenoptera recorded for race indicus. Gregarious and often seen with other... read more
Season Feb–Apr, Kerala, S India. Solitary nester. No nest construction recorded, but a depression is used or made in debris at base... read more
Race indicus partial migrant, wintering in Malay Peninsula and probably Borneo; also... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Commonly encountered in suitable habitat. Deforestation with resultant loss of mature trees in which it nests indicates that populations may decline... read more
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