Uniform Swiftlet (species: Aerodramus vanikorensis) in Varirata NP, Papua New Guinea (Gaia Guide)
Aerodramus vanikorensis
Uniform Swiftlet

©Tony Morris: Uniform Swiftlet (Aerodramus vanikorensis)

©Lip Kee Yap: Uniform Swiftlet (Aerodramus vanikorensis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Apodiformes
Family Apodidae
Genus Aerodramus
Species Aerodramus vanikorensis



Distinguishing features

The colouring is dark grey-brown, darker on the upperparts with somewhat paler underparts, especially on chin and throat. It has a shallowly forked tail. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 14 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 27 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

This species is widespread from the Philippines through Wallacea, New Guinea and Melanesia. It has been recorded as a rare vagrant to Australia, from Cape York Peninsula and islands in Torres Strait.

It forages over lowland forests and open areas. (Wikipedia)


This species feeds on flying insects, especially ants. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


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