French: Salangane à nid blanc German: Weißnestsalangane Spanish: Salangana nidoblanco
Other common names:
Andaman Grey-rumped Swiftlet (inexpectatus),
Pale-rumped Swiftlet (germani)
Subspecies and Distribution
A. f. amechanus
(Oberholser, 1912) – Anambas Is, off SE Peninsular Malaysia.
A. f. germani
(Oustalet, 1876) – Germain's Swiftlet – coastline from W Hainan S around SE Asia to Malay Peninsula, including Mergui Archipelago (off S Myanmar); coastal N Borneo and W Philippines (Palawan E to Panay and Ticao).
A. f. inexpectatus
(A. O. Hume, 1873) – Andaman Is and Nicobar Is.
A. f. vestitus
(Lesson, 1843) – Sumatra, Belitung I and Borneo (except N coasts).
A. f. perplexus
(Riley, 1927) – Maratua I, off E Borneo.
A. f. fuciphagus
(Thunberg, 1812) – Edible-nest Swiftlet – Java, Kangean Is and Bali to W Lesser Sundas (E to Sumbawa), and Tanahjampea.
A. f. dammermani
(Rensch, 1931) – Flores (EC Lesser Sundas).
A. f. micans
(Stresemann, 1914) – Sumba, Sawu and Timor (C Lesser Sundas).
11·5–12·5 cm; 8·7–14·8 g (germani). Medium-sized swiftlet with relatively deeply forked tail; glossy, almost black-brown... read more
Race germani utters buzzy nasal calls such as “zzreeew” or a more bisyllabic “zi-reeew”,... read more
Occurs over range of habitats, cleared and forested, coastal and interior, from sea-level to... read more
Food and feeding
Analysis of food balls from Penang, Malaysia, revealed following orders account for most prey items: Hymenoptera 41%, Ephemeroptera 26... read more
Mainly Mar–Apr on Andaman and Nicobar Is; recorded early Dec, Tanahjampea I (N Flores Sea); begins nesting Mar, harvested for second... read more
Resident. Individuals breeding on smaller offshore islands may travel across sea to larger... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Abundant in suitable habitat, though declining in many areas as witnessed by reduced nest yields. In 1950s, it was thought that more... read more
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!