Palau Swiftlet

Aerodramus pelewensis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Swifts (Apodidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

AERPEL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Palau Swiftlet has a very small range of 450 square kilometers. This species is only found in Palau and is a fairly common resident above forests on most islands in the country. The population size of the Palau Swiftlet is estimated to be nearly 43,000 individuals. This species has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern on account of its fairly large and stable population.

SUMMARY

Overview

Palau Swiftlet: Small gray-brown swift with black-brown cap, wing linings, and tail. Gray on rump and throat. Very short black bill with wide gape. Large, black eye. Medium to long, pointed wings. Medium, slightly cleft tail. Very short, black-gray legs and feet. Sexes and juvenile similar.


Range and Habitat

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Palau Swiftlet SONGS AND CALLS

Palau Swiftlet QQ1

Calls are rapid, buzzy chirps and twitters.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"chee-chee-chee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Despite its limited range, this species is abundant and not considered endangered.
  • The Palauan name of this bird is "Chesisekiaid."
  • This species was first described in Palau in 1935 by ornithologist E. Mayr.
  • A group of swifts is collectively known as a "box", "flock", "screaming frenzy", and "swoop" of swifts.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
GapeX
Also called commissure, it is the hinge where the mandibles meet.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X