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Male, subspecies major
Photo © by Romy Ocon
Mt. Palay-palay, Cavite, Philippines
Hemiprocne comata


Female, subspecies comata
Photo © by robby thai
South Thailand, May 2018

With 16cm (6¼ in) the smallest of the four Treeswifts.

  • Dark bronze body, dark blue wings
  • Slightly crested
  • Bold white supercilium from forehead to hindnape
  • Second parallel white stripe from chin to neck
  • Head otherwise glossy black with dark chestnut ear-coverts in male
  • Female with blue-green ear-coverts
  • Juveniles are finely barred brown, grey, tawny and white and are perfectly camouflaged, looking like a branch


Photo © by juninho
Danum Valley, Borneo, Malaysia, 21 July 2007

Southeast Asia. Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines. Still common in most of its range and not globally threatened.



Two subspecies recognized[1]:


Evergreen forest, locally also found in mature mangroves. From the plains up to ca. 1000m. Tends to prefer original forest.



Feeds on insects. Forages like other Treeswifts from perches. Usually not seen much above canopy height.


Breeds from February to August. Breeds solitary in a half-saucer of saliva with feathers. Lays 1 egg.


Resident. Birds are believed to stay in their breeding territory all year.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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