Swifts & Swiftlets Found in the Philippines

Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)


Other birds found in the Philippines


The following Swifts and Swiftlets occur naturally in the Philippines:

Asian Palm Swift (Cypsiurus balasiensis) - Common resident breeder. Occurs in open country and cultivation. Strongly associated with Oil Palms.

Black-nest Swiftlet (Collocalia maxima)

Brown-backed Needletails (Hirundapus giganteus),

German's Swiftlet (Collocalia germani or Aerodramus germani)

Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)

Grey-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis)

Palawan Swiftlet (Collocalia palawanensis) - Endemic forest birdBlack-nest Swiftlet

Philippine Needletail / Swift (Mearnsia picina) - subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests

Philippine Swiftlet (Aerodramus mearnsi) - Endemic

Purple Needletail - Swift - (Hirundapus celebensis) - Range: Northeastern Sulawesi through the Philippine islands of Luzon, Mindoro, Marinduque, Catanduanes, Calayan, Panay, Negros, Cebu, Leyte, Biliran, Mindanao and Basilan

Pygmy Swiftlet (Collocalia troglodytes) - Endemic

Uniform Swiftlet (Aerodramus vanikorensis)

Whiskered Treeswift (Hemiprocne comata)

Whitehead's Swiftlet (Collocalia whiteheadi) - Endemic

Uniform Swiftlet (Collocalia vanikorensis)Whiskered Treeswift (Hemiprocne comata)German’s Swiftlet JuvenilesBrown-backed Needletail (Hirundapus giganteus), or Brown Needletail



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