Glossy Swiftlet (species: Collocalia esculenta) in Varirata NP, Papua New Guinea (Gaia Guide)
Collocalia esculenta
Glossy Swiftlet

©Lip Kee Yap: Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)

©Bernard Dupont: Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Apodiformes
Family Apodidae
Genus Collocalia
Species Collocalia esculenta
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is shiny black-blue above, including its rump; sometimes looks black and hooded. Chest black; belly to flanks white with fine black speckles at margins. Wing tips are rounded; underwing is black. Tail rounded with shallow notch and tiny white panels. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 11.5 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 30 cm


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


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