Swifts (Apodidae)

Asian Palm-swift (Cypsiurus balasiensis) - HBW 5, p. 449

French: Martinet batassia German: Bengalensegler Spanish: Vencejo Palmero Asiático

Taxonomy: Cypselus Balasiensis J. E. Gray, 1829, India.
Forms superspecies with C. parvus, with which previously considered conspecific. Sulawesi in process of being colonized from S, by either infumatus or bartelsorum. Species name often erroneously listed as batasiensis. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • balasiensis (J. E. Gray, 1829) - Indian Subcontinent W of Assam hills.
  • infumatus (P. L. Sclater, 1865) - Assam hills to Indochina, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.
  • bartelsorum Brooke, 1972 - Java and Bali.
  • pallidor McGregor, 1905 - N & E Philippines.