Bornean Swiftlet
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Common Name Kinabalu 'Linchi' Swiftlet
Range northern mountains of the island of Borneo.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Class Aves
Order Apodiformes
Family Apodidae
Genus Collocalia
Species Collocalia dodgei

The Bornean swiftlet (Collocalia dodgei), also referred to as the Kinabalu 'linchi' swiftlet, is a species of small swift in the Apodidae family. It is endemic to the northern mountains of the island of Borneo. It has variously been considered a subspecies of the glossy swiftlet or the cave swiftlet, and in 2008 was split from the latter (Collocalia linchi) as a full species Collocalia dodgei.


At about 10 cm in length it is a tiny swiftlet with relatively short wings and a square tail. Mainly glossy dark grey to black in color, it has a white belly. Compared with the glossy swiftlet, which also occurs within its range, it is slightly smaller, with a greenish, rather than bluish, gloss to the feathers, and with no white tail spots; nor does it have feathered hind toes.

Distribution and Habitat

It is seen mainly around the massif of Mount Kinabalu, though there is a record from the Maligan Range of south-central Sabah. It has been found nesting on a hut at 2370 m above sea level on Kinabalu.

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