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Bare-legged Swiftlet - BirdForum Opus

Aerodramus nuditarsus


With 14cm a large Swiftlet of New Guinea.

  • Shallowly forked tail
  • Dark brown upperparts
  • Uniform rump
  • Sooty-grey underparts
  • Tarsi unfeathered
  • Four toes (unlike Papuan Swiftlet which has three toes)


Endemic to New Guinea (Indonesia and Papua New Guinea). Found in the south and southwest of the island.
An uncommon restricted range species.


Like other Aerodramus Swiftles this species is often placed in Collocalia.
Sometimes linked in a superspecies with Mayr's Swiftlet and Whitehead's Swiftlet.


Not precisely known. Mostly collected in highlands.


Nothing known about food, feeding, breeding or behaviour. Extensive further study needed.
Resident, no movements known.


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