1087. Macropteryx longipennis

1087. Macropteryx longipennis.

The Malayan Crested Swift.

Hirundo longipennis, Rafinesque, Bull. Soc. Philom. iii, p. 153 (1802). Hirundo klecho, Horsf. Trans. Linn. Soc. xiii, p: 143 (1821). Macropteryx longipennis, Swains. Zool. Ill. ser. 2, ii, pl. 47; Blyth, Cat. p. 322; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 13; Hartert, Cat. B. M. xvi, p. 514. Dendrochelidon klecho, Boie, Isis, 1844, p. 166; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 110; Bernstein, J. f. Orn. 1859, p. 183, pi. ii, figs. 3, 4, 6 (nest & egg); Sclater, P. Z. S 1805, p. 616 ; Kelham, Ibis, 1881, p. 374. Dendrochelidon longipennis, Hume Dav. S. F. vi, pp. 52, 498; Hume, Cat. no. 104 ter.

Coloration. Crown, nape, back, sides of neck, upper back, scapulars, wing-coverts, and upper tail-coverts metallic greenish bronze, the sincipital crest and wing-coverts tinged with metallic blue as a rule; lower back and rump bluish ashy ; tertiaries partly whitish grey; the other wing-feathers and the tail-feathers blackish, with a purple or green gloss ; lores velvety black; ear-coverts deep chestnut; chin, throat, breast, and flanks bluish ashy grey, passing into white on the abdomen and lower tail-coverts.

The female has the ear-coverts black with a greenish-gloss, not chestnut. In the young the plumage is barred; the feathers of the upper parts pale brown, with dark borders and white outer edges; crest-feathers with rufous tips; those of the lower parts whitish with dark edges.

Iris dark brown; legs and feet dull purple (Kelham).

Length about 8.5 inches; tail 4, the outer feathers 2 inches longer than the middle pair ; wing 6.5 ; tarsus .35.

Distribution. The Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, and Borneo, ranging into Tenasserim as far north as Mergui and Nwalabo mountain.

Habits, &c. similar to those of M. coronata.

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: 
1087. Macropteryx longipennis
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Malayan Crested Swift
Grey-rumped Treeswift
Hemiprocne longipennis
Vol. 3

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