Australian Swiftlet (species: Aerodramus terraereginae) in Yungaburra, QLD (Gaia Guide)
Aerodramus terraereginae
Australian Swiftlet

©Tyto Tony: Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae)

©Tyto Tony: Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae)

©Tyto Tony: Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Apodiformes
Family Apodidae
Genus Aerodramus
Species Aerodramus terraereginae
Status unspecified



Distinguishing features

The upperparts are dark grey-brown while the underparts are a uniform greyish. There are pale feathers on the forehead and lores. The rump is normally pale greyish but can occasionally be darker. The tail is slightly forked. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 12 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 27 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae)

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia: The Australian Swiftlet has been recorded only once at Lizard Island, on 4 April 1995, by Queensland Department of Resources and Land Management (Atlas of Living Australia, accessed 25 March 2012).

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.