Edible-nest swiftlet

Edible-nest swiftlet

Aerodramus fuciphagus

The edible-nest swiftlet, also known as the white-nest swiftlet, is a small bird of the swift family which is found in South-East Asia. Its opaque and whitish nest is made exclusively of solidified saliva and is the main ingredient of bird's nest soup, a delicacy of Chinese cuisine. Description The edible-nest swiftlet, generally with a body length of 14cm, is a medium-sized representative of the salangans. The upper part of the slender body is blackish-brown; the under part of the body ranges in colour from white to blackish-brown. The tail is short and has a slight notch. The bill and feet are black. Legs are very short and tarsi are usually unfeathered or lightly feathered. It weighs 15 to 18 grams and the wings are long and narrow. In flight the swept-back wings resemble a crescent. The subspecies A. f. micans is paler and greyer while A. f. vestitus is darker with a rump that is less obviously paler.

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Habits and Lifestyle

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition


1. Edible-nest swiftlet Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edible-nest_swiftlet
2. Edible-nest swiftlet on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/60847684/95163737
3. Xeno-canto bird call - https://xeno-canto.org/617631

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