French: Hémiprocné à moustaches German: Bartbaumsegler Spanish: Vencejo arborícola bigotudo
Lesson and Garnot
Manokwari, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
H. m. confirmata
Stresemann, 1914 – Moluccas (excluding Kai and Sula groups) E to Aru Is.
H. m. mystacea
(Lesson & Garnot, 1827) – W Papuan Is and New Guinea, including islands in Geelvink Bay.
H. m. aeroplanes
Stresemann, 1921 – Long I, Umboi I and Bismarck Archipelago (excluding Admiralty Is and Feni Is).
H. m. macrura
Salomonsen, 1983 – Admiralty Is (NW Bismarck Archipelago).
H. m. woodfordiana
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1896) – Feni Is (off SE New Ireland, in E Bismarck) and most of Solomon Is (including Bougainville).
H. m. carbonaria
Salomonsen, 1983 – Makira (San Cristobal), in SE Solomons.
28–31 cm; 56–79 g. Only slightly crested. No other treeswift shares range; differs from Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus) in having deeper-forked, longer... read more
Various calls described, the most typical apparently being a shrill, downward-inflected “kiiee”, “... read more
High emergent crowns in mangroves and beach-strand woodland, scattered trees and groves, and edge... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly crepuscular, being most frequently observed feeding at dawn and dusk, sometimes even in darkness; more irregularly during rest of... read more
Active nests recorded in all months except Mar; season locally variable (e.g. middle to end of dry season around Port Moresby, but in some... read more
Locally dispersive resident, but perhaps nomadic in some areas; movements little studied.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Relatively common generally, with no hint yet that any race is threatened, although some individual Wallacean island populations may be under... read more
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