Himalayan Swiftlet (Aerodramus brevirostris)

The Himalayan Swiftlet is a small species of bird that is found in the Himalayan foothills. It is a bird that is mostly found in the dense forests and mountainous regions of India, Bhutan, Nepal, and China. It is also known as the Brown-rumped Swiftlet, which refers to its dark brownish-grey colored feathers that are present on its lower back.

The Himalayan Swiftlet is a small bird with a length of approximately 10 centimeters. It has a short and sharply pointed tail with long and narrow wings. The upper body of the bird is dark brown in color while the underparts are paler. Its face and forehead are also dark brown in color, with a white patch present just below its forehead.

The bird has a high-pitched, repetitive voice which is frequently heard as it flies around in search of food. It feeds primarily on flying insects, especially ants, termites, and beetles. The bird is a swift flyer and can reach speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour.

The Himalayan Swiftlet is known for its unique nesting behavior. It builds small, cup-shaped nests on the walls of caves using its saliva. The saliva is secreted from two glands present in its mouth which are used to produce the glue for the nest. This glue hardens when exposed to air, forming a wall that protects the nest from predators. The nests are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world and are used in the preparation of bird's nest soup, which is believed to have medicinal properties.

The Himalayan Swiftlet is a vulnerable species and is listed as near-threatened on the IUCN Redlist. Its population is declining due to the destruction of its natural habitat, illegal hunting for its nests, and pollution in its environment. Conservation efforts are being made to protect the bird and its habitat, including the establishment of protected areas and the promotion of sustainable tourism in the region.

In conclusion, the Himalayan Swiftlet is a fascinating bird with unique nesting behavior and remarkable flying abilities. It is an important part of the ecosystem and requires conservation efforts to protect its population and natural habitat.

Other names

Aerodramus brevirostris



Himalayan Swiftlet

salangana de l'Himàlaia



smeđa čiopica

salangana himálajská




Salangane de l’Himalaya


Salangana dell'Himalaya


himalajinis erodramas


salangana himalajska


Гималайская салангана

Himalajska čiopica

salangána himalájska

Salangana del Himalaya


Himalaya Yelyutanı

салангана гімалайська


himalájai szalangána

Himalaju svīrīte, Himalaju salangāna