Germains Swiftlet (aerodramus germani)

Germains Swiftlet

[order] APODIFORMES | [family] Apodidae | [latin] aerodramus germani | [UK] Germains Swiftlet | [FR] Salangane d’Oustalet | [DE] Oustaletsalangane | [ES] Rabitojo de Oustalet | [NL] Oustalets Salangaan


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

This swiftlet is 12 cm long and weighs 13 to 14 grams. The plumage is blackish-brown above, but much paler on the underparts. The tail is slightly forked and the wings are long and narrow. The bill and feet are black.

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Oriental Region : Southeast Asia, Borneo, Philippines


This swiftlet feeds over a range of habitats from coastal areas to the mountains.


It breeds in colonies in caves, in a cleft in a cliff or sometimes on a building. The bracket-shaped nest is white and translucent and is made of layers of hardened saliva attached to the rock. It measures about 6 cm across with a depth of 1.5 cm and a weight of about 14 grams. Two white, oval, non-glossy eggs are laid

Feeding habits

Its diet consists of flying insects which are caught on the wing. It often feeds in large flocks with other species of swift and swallow


This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 100,000-1,000,000 km2. It has a large global population estimated to be 1,900,000-2,800,000 individuals (Wetlands International 2002). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e. declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.


Thought to be resident or nomadic within range.

Distribution map

Germains Swiftlet distribution range map

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