Sulawesi Swiftlet (Aerodramus sororum)

The Sulawesi Swiftlet bird, also known as Collocalia esculenta, is a small-sized bird species that belongs to the family Apodidae. This bird is commonly found in the Sulawesi island that lies in the center of Indonesia.

The Sulawesi Swiftlet bird is distinguished by a unique characteristic of its ability to produce saliva that is used to make the edible bird's nest. This nest is highly sought after, and it is considered a culinary delicacy in Chinese cuisine. The nest is made from strands of the bird's saliva, which hardens and forms a solidified structure. The bird's nest soup, made from these nests, is believed to have various health benefits such as aiding digestion, boosting immunity, and enhancing skin appearance. As a result, the Sulawesi Swiftlet bird is highly valued, and their nests sell for high prices.

This bird's physical features include a small body size, with a wingspan of approximately 34 centimeters and weight around 19 grams. The bird has a short tail and has a dark-colored plumage with white patches on its underside. The Sulawesi Swiftlet bird can travel at high speeds of around 140 kilometers per hour and is known for its agile and aerobatic flight patterns.

The Sulawesi Swiftlet bird is a colonial nester and mostly nests in caves and cliffs, breeding throughout the year. The bird feeds on small insects such as flies and mosquitoes, which it catches in the air mid-flight.

The Sulawesi Swiftlet bird has faced significant population declines in recent years due to the destruction of its natural habitats and the increased demand for its nests. Conservation efforts have been put in place by the Indonesian government to protect the bird and its habitats and prevent over-exploitation of its nests.

In conclusion, the Sulawesi Swiftlet bird is a unique bird species that is known for its ability to produce highly valued nests. The bird's swift flight patterns and physical features make it worth observing, and its conservation is essential to ensure it doesn't go extinct due to high demand for its edible nests.

Other names

Aerodramus sororum



Sulawesi Swiftlet





Salangane des Célèbes




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Сулавесская салангана

Čiopica sa Sulavesija

salangána celebeská


Selebes Yelyutanı

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Walet maluku