Cypsellus batassiensis

Cypsellus batassiensis, J. E. Gr.

102. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 180; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 379; Guzerat, Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 454.

THE PALM SWIFT.

Tadi ababil, Hin.

Length, 4.92 to 5.25 ; expanse, 9.50; wing, 4.5; tail, 2.35; tarsus, 0.4; bill from gape, 0.5.

Bill black; irides brown ; feet dusky-reddish.

Wholly glossy ashy-brown ; darker on the wings and tail, and lighter and somewhat albescent beneath ; tail deeply forked.

The Palm Swift is a common and permanent resident in many parts of the Deccan, wherever there are plenty of palm trees, but where there are not, this bird is generally absent. Captain Butler saw a pair at Mount Aboo, but it must be very rare there, as no other observer has noticed it.

They nest twice in the year, in March and again in July; the nest, a tiny, watch-pocket-shaped cup, is made of saliva, incorporated with fine feathers, the down of plants, and such like kindred substances, and is fixed to the under surface of a bent palm leaf; the eggs, generally three in number, are miniatures of those of C. affinis, and average barely 0.71 in length by 0.46 in breadth.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Cypsellus batassiensis
Spp Author: 
J. e. gr.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
87
Common name: 
Palm Swift
M_ID: 
7700
M_CN: 
Asian Palm Swift
M_SN: 
Cypsiurus balasiensis
id: 
11300

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