1085. Collocalia linchi

1085. Collocalia linchi.

Horsfield's Swiftlet.

Collocalia fuciphaga, apud Blyth', J. A. S. B. xiv, p. 548 ; xv, p. 22 ; id. Cat. p. 86 ; Walden, Ibis, 1874, p. 135 ; nee Thunb. Collocalia linchi, Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 100 (1854); Pelzeln, Novara, Toy. p. 39, pl. ii, fig. 2, pi. vi, fig. 2; Ball, J. A. S. B. xii, pt. 2, p. 276; id. S. F. i, p. 55 ; Hume, S. F. ii, pp. 64, 83,108, 157; id. Cat, no. 103 bis; Blyth & Wald. Birds Burm. p. 85; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 49; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 10; id. in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. iii, p. 33; Hartert, Cat. B. M. xvi, p. 508. Collocalia affinis, Tytler, Beavan, Ibis, 1867, p. 318; Blyth, Ibis, 1868, p. 131; Walden, Ibis, 1873, p. 302; Hume, S. F. i, p. 296.

Coloration. Upper parts black, glossed with bluish green or purple, the feathers brown at the base ; sides of head and neck, chin, throat, and upper breast brown; feathers of remainder of lower parts the same, but with broad white edges, so that the abdomen is all white except the dark shafts ; tail and wings black beneath.

Tarsus naked ; bill and legs black (Beavan).

Length 4 ; tail 1.5 ; wing 4 ; tarsus .32. Tail nearly square.

Distribution. Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mergui Archipelago (Blyth), Johore and Malacca, Sumatra, Java, and Borneo.

Habits, &c. similar to those of other species. The nests are usually in caves, and according to Hume and Davison, the latter of whom watched the process of building, consist of brown moss firmly agglutinated with saliva. These nests are never collected for sale, as they are not regarded as edible. The present species at Port Blair in the Andamans has taken to buildings, and even makes its nests at times in inhabited rooms. The eggs, five in number, measure about .7 by .45.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
1085. Collocalia linchi
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Horsfields Swiftlet
Cave Swiftlet
Collocalia linchi
Vol. 3

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