1618. Hemiprocne eomata eomata

(1618) Hemiprocne comata comata Temm.
THE MALAY TUFTED TREE-SWIFT.
Hemiprocne comata comata, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. iv. p. 357.
The Tufted Tree-Swift extends from the extreme South of Tenasserim, through the Malay Peninsula, to Sumatra, Borneo, Java, the Natunas, Sibutu and the Sulu Islands.
Although a forest bird, like other Tree-Swifts, this bird prefers glades, river-sides and quite open forest, both in the plains and in the hills up to some 2,500 feet.
Nothing is recorded of its breeding, but Kellow obtained one nest and egg for me near Simpang, in the Federated. Malay States. The nest was taken from a thin branch of a tree, about 40 feet up, which stood in country more open and heavily wooded rather than forest. The nest is a shallow saucer of pure inspissated saliva with just one tiny scrap of moss attached to one side. It is made exactly like the nests of the Edible-nest Swiftlets, innumerable threads of pure hardened saliva criss-crossing one another in all directions and partially melting into one another. It measures 1.5/8 inch at the side attached to the branch and juts out about inch from it, while in depth it is only 1/8 inch, the depression in the centre hardly visible. It seems incredible that the nest could have retained the egg in it even when the parents were sitting, and they could certainly have never left it for a moment.
The egg is practically white with only the faintest tinge of grey, and may be abnormal in colour. It measures 25.0 x 15.0 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1618. Hemiprocne eomata eomata
Spp Author: 
Temm.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1618
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
477
Common name: 
Malay Tufted Tree Swift
M_ID: 
7422
M_SN: 
Hemiprocne comata comata
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14776

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