Palau Swiftlet (Aerodramus pelewensis)

The Palau Swiftlet is a small bird that is found exclusively on the Palau Islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It is a member of the swift family and is known for its incredible agility and speed in flight.

The Palau Swiftlet has a wingspan of around 25cm and measures around 10cm in length. It has a dark, glossy plumage which is slightly iridescent in sunlight. The bird has a fairly short tail and only weighs a few grams.

One of the unique features of the Palau Swiftlet is its ability to navigate through complete darkness. The bird is highly adapted to flying through caves and other dark environments without the need for visual cues. This has been attributed to its highly developed echolocation system, which allows it to "see" using sound waves.

The Palau Swiftlet feeds primarily on insects and other small invertebrates that it catches in flight. It is a skilled hunter and is able to catch insects on the wing with great precision and speed.

The Palau Swiftlet is known for its unique nesting habits. The bird builds its nest using saliva and small twigs, which it sticks to the walls of caves and other dark spaces. The saliva quickly hardens, forming a cup-shaped structure that the bird uses for laying eggs and raising its young. These nests are highly prized in some cultures, where they are used as the main ingredient in bird’s nest soup.

Unfortunately, the population of the Palau Swiftlet is declining drastically due to habitat loss and degradation. Many of the caves and other dark spaces that these birds depend on for nesting are being destroyed or disturbed by human activities. Fortunately, efforts are being made to conserve the species and protect its habitat. With continued conservation efforts, it is hoped that the Palau Swiftlet will be able to thrive for many years to come.

Other names

Aerodramus pelewensis



Palau Swiftlet

salangana de les illes Palau



palauska čiopica

salangana palauská




Salangane des Palau


Salangana delle Palau


palaujinis erodramas


salangana atolowa


Палаусская салангана

Čiopica sa ostrva Palau

salangána atolová

Salangana de las Palau


Palau Yelyutanı

салангана атолова

palau salangaan

palau-szigeteki szalangána