Purple Needletail (Hirundapus celebensis) - HBW 5, p. 441
French: Martinet des Célèbes
Spanish: Vencejo de Célebes
Other common names: Celebes Needletail, Sulawesi Spinetail/Spinetailed Swift
Taxonomy: Chætura gigantea var. celebensis P. L. Sclater, 1865, Menado, Sulawesi.
Genus formerly merged into Chaetura. Forms superspecies with H. giganteus, with which in past sometimes considered conspecific. Some authors divide population into races celebensis (Sulawesi) and dubius (Philippines); a further body of opinion recognizes additional race manobo (Mindanao, Basilan, Negros). Monotypic.
Distribution: N Sulawesi and N & E Philippines (absent from Palawan).
- Least Concern Enlarge map