House Swift (Apus nipalensis) - HBW 5, p. 456
French: Martinet malais
Spanish: Vencejo Oriental
Other common names: Little Swift(!), Malay House Swift
Taxonomy: Cypselus Nipalensis Hodgson, 1837, central region of Nepal.
Forms superspecies with A. affinis, with which often considered conspecific; separation based mainly on consistently longer, more forked tail and narrower rump band, combined with potential sympatry in Himalayas. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- nipalensis (Hodgson, 1837) - Nepal E to SE China (Fujian) and Japan, S through Assam and SE Asia, and also N Philippines.
- subfurcatus (Blyth, 1849) - Malay Peninsula, Sumatra including Riau Archipelago and Belitung, Anambas, N Natunas and Borneo.
- furcatus Brooke, 1971 - Java and Bali.
- kuntzi Deignan, 1958 - Taiwan.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
Birds arriving at and leaving from a nest colony, and calling. Locality Lai King, Hong Kong (ssp nipalensis)
Desmond Allen 21 May 2009 22 weeks ago 29 sec 4
Birds flying over the city. Locality Da Lat, Da Lat Plateau, Annam, Vietnam (ssp subfurcatus)
Josep del Hoyo 20 April 2008 4 years ago 32 sec 3.6
Consecutive birds flying over the city. Locality Da Lat, Da Lat Plateau, Annam, Vietnam (ssp subfurcatus)
Josep del Hoyo 20 April 2008 4 years ago 27 sec 3.3
Calls of many birds at nesting colony under building Locality Hong Kong
Desmond Allen 21 May 2009 3 years ago 3