Birding Mount Makiling, IRRI and other Philippine locations
Friday, October 21, 2011
Swifts, Swiftlets and Needletails
A short gallery showing a few of the commoner species of Swift that hang about Makiling.
The commonest Swiftlet in the area, the ubiquitous Glossy Swiftlet. The underparts can be almost white, and the white patch on the rump varies in size quite considerably. Only really confusable with Pygmy Swiftlet, which has a truly white rump (not the silvery grey shown here)
Asian Palm Swift. A bird with a rapidly changing flight profile
Purple Needletail. Enormous, and unmistakable. Much larger than all other Swifts in Luzon.
House Swift. Regularly seen over Baker Field in UPLB, but not so common elsewhere in the IRRI/ Makiling area.
The broad white rump is very clear in this species...