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Photo by Vipul Ramanuj.
Gir National Park, Gujarat, India, May 2015
Hemiprocne coronata


A quite big (23–25 cm; 9-10 in) swift-like bird.

  • Grey body, greenish wings
  • Grey crest on forehead
  • Very long wings which cross over back when perching
  • Whitish eyebrow
  • Male with red cheeks, female with dark grey cheeks, outlined with white
  • Perches upright (like a Swallow, unlike other Swifts)


Southeast Asia. Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, southern China, Thailand, Cambodia and southern Vietnam.

Over most of its range only patchily distributed and local but relatively common. Not globally threatened.


Photo by Ayuwat J
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Forms a superspecies with Grey-rumped Treeswift Hemiprocne longipennis and is sometimes considered conspecific.

This is a monotypic species[1].


Areas with scattered trees, groves, edges of forest or plantations (eg teak), sometimes semi-evergreen forest.


Usually found in pairs or small flocks.


Feeds on insects, catched in flight. Perches high on trees.


Breeding season differs through range, January to April in India, March to September in Sri Lanka, March to June in Myanmar. Tiny nest on a tree limb with one egg, glued to nest.


Resident, some local movement (eg in the Himalayas) possible.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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