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Mayr's Swiftlet - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Guadalcanal Swiftlet

Aerodramus orientalis


With 13 to 14cm a large Swiftlet.

  • Shallow tail fork and short tail
  • Black upperparts
  • Broad, pale grey rump
  • Sooty-brown underparts
  • Slightly feathered tarsi (leletensis unfeathered)


Found on New Ireland (Papua New Guinea) and Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands). One specimen known from Bougainville.
Restricted range species with very little information about habitat and population.


Like other Aerodramus Swiftles this species is often placed in Collocalia.
Formerly considered conspecific with Whitehead's Swiftlet. Also placed in a superspecies with Bare-legged Swiftlet.
Two subspecies recognised:


Believed to be a highland species.


No information about food, feeding, breeding or behaviour.
Believed to be a resident.

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