Family Treeswifts (Hemiprocnidae)

Least Concern

Whiskered Treeswift (Hemiprocne comata)


Taxonomy

French: Hémiprocné coiffé German: Ohrenbaumsegler Spanish: Vencejo arborícola chico
Taxonomy:

Cypselus comatus

Temminck

, 1824,

Sumatra

.

Proposed race stresemanni (Pagai I, off W Sumatra) is synonymized with nominate, and nakamurai and barbarae (both from Philippines) with major. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. c. comata (Temminck, 1824) – S Myanmar (S Tenasserim) and peninsular Thailand S to Sumatra (including W Sumatran islands) and Borneo and intervening islands.
  • H. c. major (E. J. O. Hartert, 1895) – Philippines, including Sulu Archipelago, but excluding Palawan.
  • Descriptive notes

    15–17 cm; two males 21–21·7 g, two females 20·2–26 g (major). Only slightly crested. Widely sympatric with H. longipennis,... read more

    Voice

    Vocalizations not unlike those of H. longipennis, but shrill chatters are less piercing,... read more

    Habitat

    Small cover breaks and the main canopy of evergreen forest inland, and locally also of tall, mature... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small flying arthropods, but diet not analysed. Compared with typical behaviour of co-occurring H. longipennis, forages from... read more

    Breeding

    Over most of range lays Feb–Aug (latest fledglings in early Oct); the few Philippine records, dated only May. Nesting dispersed and... read more

    Movements

    Sedentary; breeding pairs are believed to remain in their nesting territory throughout the year. read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Reported as common in most parts of range; very few recent records from Singapore. More local in Philippines, though observed at most... read more

    Recommended citation

    Wells, D. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Whiskered Treeswift (Hemiprocne comata). 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/55344 on 22 July 2019).