French: Salangane de montagne German: Bergsalangane Spanish: Salangana montana
Collocalia fuciphaga hirundinacea
Upper Utakwa River, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
A. h. baru
(Stresemann & Paludan, 1932) – Yapen I (in Geelvink Bay, NW New Guinea).
A. h. excelsus
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1914) – above 1600 m in Snow Mts and Carstenz peaks, in WC New Guinea.
A. h. hirundinaceus
(Stresemann, 1914) – much of montane New Guinea, also Karkar I (off NE coast) and Goodenough I (in D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago).
11–13 cm. A medium-sized swiftlet with a moderately forked tail; uniform dark brown upperparts, some birds with a suggestion of a paler rump; underparts pale grey to... read more
Main vocalization is a continuously repeated rhythmic phrase, which consists of 2–3 whining or... read more
Occurs over wide range of habitats, mainly in highlands, where recorded to 4000 m. Relatively low... read more
Food and feeding
Gregarious, commonly foraging in association with other swifts.
Active colony noted late Sept, Tari District, Southern Highlands Province; birds entering possible nest-site in Jun on Karkar I. Colonial... read more
Nomadic movements may account for occasional absence of the species from some parts of range.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally scarce in lowlands, locally common to abundant in highlands. Commonly represented in collections of swiftlets from New Guinea over many... read more
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