Asian palm swift

Their narrow wings, long forked tails, and streamlined bodies are perfectly designed for high-speed maneuvers

Sheau Torng Lim

One of its most prominent features is its deeply forked tail, which adds to its aesthetic charm and serves a functional purpose. This specialized tail enhances the bird’s stability during flight, allowing it to change directions swiftly and navigate through complex environments such as dense forests and urban landscapes.

What truly sets the Asian Palm Swift apart is its unique nesting behavior and its symbiotic relationship with certain types of palm trees. These birds are skilled nest builders, crafting intricate homes using a combination of their saliva and plant materials. What’s even more fascinating is their choice of nesting sites – the underside of palm leaves. This is where the symbiotic partnership comes into play. The swifts’ saliva helps cement their nests onto the palm leaves, providing a secure abode for their young ones. In return, the birds gain protection from predators as their nests remain well-hidden amidst the leafy fronds.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Bangladesh
2016
Bhutan
2016
Brunei
2016
Cambodia
2016
China
2016
India
2016
Indonesia
2016
Laos
2016
Malaysia
2016
Myanmar
2016
Nepal
2016
Philippines
2016
Breeding
Singapore
2016
Breeding
Sri Lanka
2016
Thailand
2016
Vietnam
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic / Monomorphic (size)

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No