COLLOCALIA

(Apodidae; Ϯ Glossy Swiftlet C. esculenta) Gr. κολλα kolla  glue; καλια kalia  nest; "COLLOCALIA, n.  Hirundo, L.  C. esculenta, (L.) n. Briss., II. t. 46. f. 2. A." (G. Gray 1840); "Collocalia G. R. Gray, List Gen. Bds., 1840, p. 8. Type, by original designation, Hirundo esculenta Linné." (Peters 1940, IV, 220).  The nests of cave swiftlets are made from a cement formed in the salivary glands of breeding birds, and form the base of the Chinese delicacy birds-nest soup. However, the hard, fibrous nests of the Glossy Swiftlet are considered useless for that purpose.
Var. CollicaliaColocalia.
Synon. Salangana.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 18 January 2019).