Seychelles Swiftlet (Aerodramus elaphrus)

The Seychelles Swiftlet is a small bird that is only found on the islands of Seychelles, which lies to the northeast of Madagascar. With a wingspan of only 20cm, these birds are known for their incredible agility and speed while in flight. They are found in the high mountains of the archipelago, living in caves and crevices, and feeding on insects in the air.

These birds have a glossy plumage and are generally dark grey in color. They have a slightly hooked bill and short tail. The Seychelles Swiftlet is slightly larger than the similar-looking Mascarene Swiftlet, found in the neighboring islands of Mauritius and Réunion. The Seychelles Swiftlet is also distinctive in its call, which is a repeated high-pitched whistle.

The Seychelles Swiftlet is a fascinating bird that has adapted well to the unique environment of the Seychelles islands. They build their nests in caves, using saliva to attach the nest to the rock surface. The nests are small, cup-shaped structures that are typically built out of grass and feathers. The Seychelles Swiftlet is known for its swift and intricate flight patterns, often seen darting and swooping in the sky.

The Seychelles Swiftlet is considered to be endangered, with a decreasing population in recent years. This is due to habitat loss caused by land development, as well as the hunting of the birds for their nests, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Conservation efforts are underway to protect the species, including the creation of protected areas which the bird can call home.

In conclusion, the Seychelles Swiftlet is a small bird that is unique to the Seychelles islands. It is a remarkable aerial acrobat, loved by bird watchers, and known for its distinct high-pitched whistle. It is also an endangered species, facing threats from habitat loss and hunting. Conservation efforts are ongoing to protect this beautiful bird and ensure its survival for generations to come.

Other names

Aerodramus elaphrus



Seychelles Swiftlet

salangana de les Seychelles



sejšelska čiopica

salangana seychelská




Salangane des Seychelles


Salangana delle Seychelles


seišelinis erodramas


salangana seszelska


Сейшельская салангана

Sejšelska čiopica

salangána seychelská

Salangana de Seychelles


Seyşeller Yelyutanı

салангана сейшельська

seišelli salangaan

seychelle-szigeteki szalangána