French: Salangane de l’Himalaya German: Himalajasalangane Spanish: Salangana del Himalaya
Other common names:
Chinese Swiftlet (innominatus)
Subspecies and Distribution
A. b. brevirostris
(Horsfield, 1840) – Himalayan Swiftlet – Himalayas and mountains of N India from Himachal Pradesh E to S China (W Yunnan), Myanmar and Thailand; winters to Bangladesh, SW Thailand and Malay Peninsula, and possibly Sumatra.
A. b. innominatus
(A. O. Hume, 1873) – EC & SC China (Hubei, S Sichuan, N Guizhou, Yunnan) and N Vietnam (NW Tonkin); winters to SW Thailand and Malay Peninsula, occasionally to Andaman Is and possibly Sumatra.
A. b. rogersi
(Deignan, 1955) – Indochinese Swiftlet – E Myanmar and W Thailand; winters as far S as Surat Thani (S Thailand).
13–14 cm; 12·5–13 g. Large swiftlet with obviously forked tail; grey rump band clearly paler than dark brown upperparts; underparts very uniform pale grey... read more
Calls include a dry repeated “chit..chit..” and a drawn-out reeling rattle. In display-flight gives... read more
Primarily in highlands, particularly over wooded river valleys, though not uncommon over wide range... read more
Food and feeding
Diptera and Hymenoptera recorded. Gregarious, typically up to 50; larger flocks, e.g. 300–500, not uncommon. Associates with other... read more
Season Apr–Jun, India; eggs collected late Apr, Shan States, Myanmar. Colonial. Nests on vertical rock-faces, inside caves or similar... read more
Partial migrant, with apparently only relatively small proportions of poulations moving S for... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common throughout most of breeding range, though is an uncommon wintering species in Malay Peninsula; rather rare in China; recorded... read more
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