Family Swifts (Apodidae)

Least Concern

Palau Swiftlet (Aerodramus pelewensis)


Taxonomy

French: Salangane des Palau German: Palausalangane Spanish: Salangana de las Palau
Taxonomy:

Collocalia pelewensis

Mayr

, 1935,

Palau Islands

.

Has been thought to be close to A. vanikorensis, A. inquietus, A. bartschi and A. salangana; all were formerly considered conspecific. Previously placed in A. bartschi, and sometimes associated also with A. fuciphagus germani and A. f. inexpectatus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Palau Is.

Descriptive notes

11 cm. Small swiftlet with relatively short, moderately forked tail; black-brown upperparts with grey-brown rump; ­underparts palest on throat, darkest on undertail-... read more

Voice

Calls include insect-like buzzy chirps and more prolonged twitterings.

Habitat

Occurs on larger islands of group. Most numerous flocks typically over highland ridges and gorges,... read more

Food and feeding

Most active at dusk when forms largest flocks. Small flocks forage in a restricted area for long periods during day.

Breeding

Active colony on Malakal I in mid-Oct. Colonial, nesting in caves. Very flat nests attached to cave roof are lined with moss and fine grass... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Palau EBA. Common to abundant within small range, with no large population change noted between 1949 and 1988.

Recommended citation

Chantler, P. & Boesman, P. (2017). Palau Swiftlet (Aerodramus pelewensis). 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/55281 on 20 November 2017).