Family Swifts (Apodidae)

Least Concern

Bare-legged Swiftlet (Aerodramus nuditarsus)


French: Salangane de Salomonsen German: Nacktfußsalangane Spanish: Salangana tarsidesnuda

Collocalia nuditarsus


, 1963,

Baroka, Bioto Creek, New Guinea


Has been thought to be close to A. orientalis, and thence also linked with A. whiteheadi. Monotypic.


C, S & SE New Guinea. May breed N of central watershed in Schrader Range.

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Large swiftlet with shallow tail-fork; dark brown above, rump uniform, with extensive pale fringes on lores and over eye; uniformly sooty-grey underparts; apparently... read more


No information.


Collected mainly in highlands, though also as low as 30 m above sea-level.

Food and feeding

Nothing known.


No information available.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. Believed to be uncommon, and certainly species is relatively uncommon in museum... read more

Recommended citation

Chantler, P. & Boesman, P. (2020). Bare-legged Swiftlet (Aerodramus nuditarsus). 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 on 20 February 2020).