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Pygmy Swiftlet - BirdForum Opus

Collocalia troglodytes


Length: 9cm a tiny Swiftlet. Black upperparts with white rump band, mottled underparts with whitish belly and brown throat, dark undertail coverts. The pure white, well defined rump band is diagnostic

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It is endemic to the Philippines including Palawan. Not found on the Sulu Archipelago.
Quite common in its range and not globally threatened.


A monotypic species.


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, often near water.


Pygmy Swiftlets are usually foraging in small groups.
Breeding has been recorded from April to June but also in September. The nest is a half-cup made of vegetable matters and hardened with saliva.
It's not sure if the species is capable of echolocation.

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