Family Treeswifts (Hemiprocnidae)

Least Concern

Crested Treeswift (Hemiprocne coronata)


Taxonomy

French: Hémiprocné couronné German: Kronenbaumsegler Spanish: Vencejo arborícola coronado
Taxonomy:

Hirundo Coronata

Tickell

, 1833,

Borabhum and Dhalbhum, Bihar–Bengal border, north-east India

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Closely related to H. longipennis, with which it has been considered conspecific; but morphological differences are constant, with no evidence of intergradation where parapatric ranges of the two meet. Proposed race dryas (from S Gujarat, in W India) considered undiagnosable. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Sri Lanka, and India (W to Uttarakhand, E Rajasthan and SE Gujarat), S Nepal and S Bhutan E to Myanmar, S China (SW Yunnan), NC & W Thailand (S to Kaeng Krachan) and S Indochina.

Descriptive notes

23–25 cm. Adult has crest dark greenish-blue, 2·5–3 cm tall. Male uniformly pale greeny-grey from central crown to uppertail-coverts; lores black, finely... read more

Voice

Vocalizations typical of genus, being somewhat raptor-like, especially likened to Shikra (... read more

Habitat

Scattered trees, groves, and edge and canopy breaks of more or less continuous, fully to mainly... read more

Food and feeding

Flying arthropods; diet said to include hemipteran bugs, beetles and small flies, but hardly analysed and proper details are lacking.... read more

Breeding

Season Dec–Oct overall, with regional variation; peak activity Jan–Apr in ­Indian Subcontinent, becoming bimodal (Mar... read more

Movements

Mainly resident; seasonal dispersive movements are perhaps only local, e.g. very rare summer... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Patchily distributed and often local, but relatively common, and able to live close to human activity; rare in Bhutan, Bangladesh and... read more

Recommended citation

Wells, D. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Crested Treeswift (Hemiprocne coronata). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55342 on 21 May 2019).