Ameline Swiftlet (Aerodramus amelis)

The Ameline Swiftlet bird is a bird species belonging to the swiftlet family. It is a small bird and measures only about 9 to 12 centimeters in length. The bird is found in several parts of Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.

The Ameline Swiftlet bird has a unique physical appearance. It has small size and a short tail. The plumage of this bird is dark gray-brown in color, while its underparts are generally lighter than its upperparts. The bird's wings are also long, angular, and pointed.

The Ameline Swiftlet bird is known for its unique nesting habits. The bird nests in caves, and constructs its nest using its saliva. The saliva is used to glue small pieces of plant material, feathers, and other debris together to create a cup-shaped nest. The nests are usually found high up on the cave walls, and can be difficult to reach.

The nests of the Ameline Swiftlet bird are highly sought after for their use in bird's nest soup, which is a delicacy in many Asian countries. This has led to a thriving industry, where people harvest the nests to sell them to restaurants and food markets at high prices.

Although the demand for bird's nest soup has led to the decline in the population of Ameline Swiftlet birds, the species is not yet threatened. However, conservation efforts are still necessary to ensure that the habitats of this unique bird species are not destroyed, and that their populations remain stable.

In nature, the Ameline Swiftlet bird feeds on insects such as flies, moths, and beetles. It catches insects while flying, using its sharp beak to capture and eat them. During breeding season, the bird consumes large quantities of insects to support its young.

In conclusion, the Ameline Swiftlet bird is a unique bird species with an interesting nesting habit. It is highly valued for its nests, which are used in bird's nest soup. Although the bird is not yet threatened, conservation efforts are necessary to ensure its populations remain stable.

Other names

Aerodramus amelis



Ameline Swiftlet



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