Palau Swiftlet

Aerodramus pelewensis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Swifts (Apodidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

AERPEL

ITIS

Egg Color:

Gray-white



Number of Eggs:

1 - 2



Incubation Days:

12



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

Nest is built in a cave.



Nest Material:

Saliva and bits of vegetation.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

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. Feeds on a wide variety of small insects. Forages by catching prey with open mouth in flight.

Breeding and Nesting

Palau Swiftlet: Nothing is known about the breeding behavior of the Palau Swiftlet but it is probably similar to related species. Other swiftlets lay one to two gray-white eggs in a small, cup-shaped nest made of saliva and bits of vegetation and built in a cave. Incubation is carried out by both sexes for 12 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Palau Swiftlet: Feeds on small insects. Forages by flying over a variety of habitats, often high in the air, and catching insects with its open mouth during flight.

Vocalization

Palau Swiftlet: Calls emitted are insect-like buzzing chirps and rapid twittering.

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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.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X