French: Salangane d’Australie German: Queenslandsalangane Spanish: Salangana australiana
E. P. Ramsay
north-east coast ranges, near Cardwell, Queensland, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
A. t. terraereginae
(E. P. Ramsay, 1875) – coastal NE Queensland.
A. t. chillagoensis
Pecotich, 1982 – Chillagoe, Mitchell and Palmer districts, in subcoastal NE Queensland.
11 cm; mean 9·4 g. Medium-sized swiftlet with shallowly forked tail; dark brown upperparts with typically paler rump, though some birds uniform across upperparts; pale... read more
Flight call a high-pitched “cheep”. Echolocating calls consist of incessant metallic clicks; the... read more
Recorded to 1000 m, generally below 500 m. Much foraging over dry savanna-type terrain, though also... read more
Food and feeding
Habits of race chillagoensis compared with those of A. spodiopygius assimilis of Fiji: present species takes larger... read more
At Tully Gorge, North Queensland, 95% of nests contained eggs or nestlings at various stages of development, early Oct to mid-Jan; breeds... read more
Resident. Birds enter their breeding caves at remarkable speeds of up to 111 km/h, but are able to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in lowlands. Survey of 34 active colonies during 1985–1987 showed peak count of 500 pairs for a single colony. Range appears stable but... read more
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