Family Swifts (Apodidae)

Least Concern

Pygmy Swiftlet (Collocalia troglodytes)


Taxonomy

French: Salangane pygmée German: Zwergsalangane Spanish: Salangana chica
Taxonomy:

Callocalia [sic] troglodytes

G. R. Gray

, 1845,

Philippines

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

Philippines, including Palawan (but not Sulu Archipelago).

Descriptive notes

9 cm. Tiny swiftlet with square tail; black upperparts with neat, well-defined white rump band; mottled underparts with brown throat, whitish belly and dark undertail-coverts... read more

Voice

Short throaty “chrip” calls have been recorded away from nesting caves. Uses echolocation inside... read more

Habitat

A lowland species, most frequently encountered over forest and inland water.

Food and feeding

Typically forages in small groups.

Breeding

Season on Mindanao, May and Jul; on Bohol, Apr; Negros, Apr; Luzon, young in nest in Sept. Half-cupped, self-supporting, bracket-shaped... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common. Recently recorded as common in Rajah Sikatuna National Park, Bohol. Commonly represented in collections of... read more

Recommended citation

Chantler, P. & Boesman, P. (2017). Pygmy Swiftlet (Collocalia troglodytes). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/55266 on 21 September 2017).