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Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Class Aves
Order Apodiformes
Family Apodidae

Collocaliini or swiftlet, is a tribe of swifts in the Apodinae subfamily. The group contains around thirty species mostly confined to southern Asia, south Pacific islands, and northeastern Australia, all within the tropical and subtropical regions. They are in many respects typical members of the Apodidae, having narrow wings for fast flight, with a wide gape and small reduced beak surrounded by bristles for catching insects in flight. What distinguishes many but not all species from other swifts and indeed almost all other birds is their ability to use a simple but effective form of echolocation]] to navigate in total darkness through the chasms and shafts of the caves where they roost at night and breed. The nests of some species are built entirely from threads of their saliva, and are collected for the famous Chinese delicacy bird's nest soup.

Description and Ecology


Culinary Use

Cave Ecology


Genus: Collocalia
 Bornean Swiftlet (Richmond, 1905) (Collocalia dodgei)
 Glossy Swiftlet (Linnaeus, 1758) (Collocalia esculenta)
  Grey-rumped Swiftlet (Collocalia (esculenta) marginata)
  Christmas Swiftlet (Collocalia (esculenta) natalis)
 Cave Swiftlet (Horsfield & Moore, 1854) (Collocalia linchi)
 Pygmy Swiftlet (Gray, 1845) (Collocalia troglodytes)
Genus: Aerodramus
 Seychelles Swiftlet (Oberholser, 1906) (Aerodramus elaphrus)
 Mascarene Swiftlet (Gmelin, 1789) (Aerodramus francicus)
 Philippine Swiftlet (Oberholser, 1912) (Aerodramus mearnsi)
 Indian Swiftlet (Jerdon, 1840) (Aerodramus unicolor)
 Moluccan swiftlet group
  Seram Swiftlet (van Oort, 1911) (Aerodramus ceramensis)
  Halmahera Swiftlet (Salvadori, 1880) (Aerodramus infuscatus)
  Sulawesi Swiftlet (Stresemann, 1931) (Aerodramus sororum)
 Mariana Swiftlet (Mearns, 1909) (Aerodramus bartschi)
 Himalayan Swiftlet (Horsfield, 1840) (Aerodramus brevirostris)
 Edible-nest Swiftlet (Thunberg, 1812) (Aerodramus fuciphagus)
  Brown-rumped Swiftlet (Aerodramus (fuciphagus) vestitus)
 Germain's Swiftlet (Oustalet, 1876) (Aerodramus germani)
 Mountain Swiftlet (Stresemann, 1914) (Aerodramus hirundinaceus)
 Island Swiftlet (Kittlitz, 1858) (Aerodramus inquietus)
 Tahiti Swiftlet (Peale, 1848) (Aerodramus leucophaeus)
 †Mangaia Swiftlet (Steadman, 2002) (Aerodramus manuoi)
 Black-nest Swiftlet (Hume, 1878) (Aerodramus maximus)
 Bare-legged Swiftlet (Salomonsen, 1962) (Aerodramus nuditarsus)
 Marquesan Swiftlet (Oberholser, 1906) (Aerodramus ocistus)
 Mayr's Swiftlet (Mayr, 1935) (Aerodramus orientalis)
 Three-toed Swiftlet (Rand, 1941) (Aerodramus papuensis)
 Palawan Swiftlet (Stresemann, 1914) (Aerodramus palawanensis)
 Palau Swiftlet (Mayr, 1935) (Aerodramus pelewensis)
 Indochinese Swiftlet (Deignan, 1955) (Aerodramus rogersi) (sometimes included in Aerodramus brevirostris)
 Mossy-nest Swiftlet (Streubel, 1848) (Aerodramus salangana) (sometimes included in Aerodramus vanikorensis)
 Atiu Swiftlet (Holyoak, 1974) (Aerodramus sawtelli)
 White-rumped Swiftlet (Peale, 1848) (Aerodramus spodiopygius)
 Australian Swiftlet (Ramsay, 1875) (Aerodramus terraereginae)
 Uniform Swiftlet (Quoy & Gaimard, 1830) (Aerodramus vanikorensis)
  Ameline Swiftlet (Aerodramus (vanikorensis) amelis)
 Volcano Swiftlet (Stresemann, 1926) (Aerodramus vulcanorum)
 Whitehead's Swiftlet (Ogilvie-Grant, 1895) (Aerodramus whiteheadi)
Genus: Schoutedenapus
 Scarce Swift (Salvadori, 1888) (Schoutedenapus myoptilus)
 Schouteden's Swift (Prigogine, 1960) (Schoutedenapus schoutedeni)
Genus: Hydrochous
 Giant Swiftlet (Hartert & Butler, 1901) (Hydrochous gigas)
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