Family Swifts (Apodidae)


Seychelles Swiftlet (Aerodramus elaphrus)


French: Salangane des Seychelles German: Seychellensalangane Spanish: Salangana de Seychelles

Collocalia fuciphaga elaphra


, 1906,

Mahé Island, Seychelles


Thought to be closest to A. francicus, and sometimes considered conspecific. Monotypic.


Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, in Seychelles. Formerly occurred on Felicité.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 10·7 g. Small swiftlet with forked tail; brown upperparts with rump marginally paler, underparts paler mid-brown. In hand has copious white rami of back... read more


Uses echolocation inside nesting caves, emitting repeated high-bandwidth double clicks. The two sub... read more


Occurs over wide variety of habitats, including forest and wetlands, from lowlands up into... read more

Food and feeding

Flying ants predominated in a study of food brought in to young. Species is gregarious, foraging over various types of habitat.


May breed throughout year, and certainly extended as colonies visited early Jul 1970 contained eggs and young of various ages; season... read more


Resident. Recorded as a wanderer to Aride.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Granitic Seychelles EBA. Lack of additional suitable sites may limit both population and distribution. Disturbance, quarrying... read more

Recommended citation

Chantler, P., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Seychelles Swiftlet (Aerodramus elaphrus). 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 26 February 2020).