Family Swifts (Apodidae)

Least Concern

Philippine Swiftlet (Aerodramus mearnsi)


French: Salangane de Mearns German: Braunbürzelsalangane Spanish: Salangana filipina

Collocalia fuciphaga mearnsi


, 1912,

Haights in the Oaks, near Pauai, Benguet, Luzon, Philippines


Has been thought to be closely related to A. infuscatus, A. hirundinaceus, A. terraereginae and A. spodiopygius. Previously considered part of the “A. vanikorensis group” (A. vanikorensis, A. inquietus, A. pelewensis, A. bartschi and A. salangana). Proposed race apoensis (from Mt Apo, on Mindanao) is invalid#R. Monotypic.


Philippines, on Luzon, Mindoro, Palawan, Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Camiguin Sur and Mindanao.

Descriptive notes

10–12 cm. Small swiftlet with shallow tail-fork; dark brown upperparts with uniform rump; paler mid-brown underparts. In hand from slightly smaller, sympatric A.... read more


Call is a series of some 10–20 rhythmic trisyllabic notes, “wi-ch-chew” or similar, resulting in a... read more


Primarily a submontane species. Recorded breeding at 1600 m on Mt Halcon, Mindoro, and at 700 m on... read more

Food and feeding

Unknown, but should resemble that of other spodiopygius group members.


Nests originally thought to belong to A. vanikorensis amelis 700 m inside Miatan Caves, Mindanao, in May 1952 were shallow saucers... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon. Recently recorded as rare in Rajah Sikatuna National Park, Bohol; also present in Mount Canlaon National Park (Negros) and Mount Katanglad... read more

Recommended citation

Chantler, P. & Boesman, P. (2020). Philippine Swiftlet (Aerodramus mearnsi). 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 on 20 February 2020).