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  Alternate name
Collocalia esculenta  Scientific name
Apodiformes Order
Apodidae Family
9 - 11.5m Length
Caves and subterranean habitats (non-aquatic) up to 4,500 m, often over coastal ranges & islands. Found in:- Australia, Brunei, Christmas Island, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, and Vanuatu Habitat-Altitude-Range
2 eggs. Clutch
Flying and drifting anthropods. Food  
Gregarious at all times. Habits
1706  World Number
Least Concern Status

Photos by David Bakewell all rights reserved

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Glossy Swiftlet calls
Collocalia esculenta cyanoptila (0:42) Nick Athanas XC21625
06-06-2008, Malaysia

Glossy Swiftlet  
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