Asian palm swift
In Thai: นกแอ่นตาล, nok aen taan
Binomial name: Cypsiurus balasiensis, John Edward Gray, 1829
The Asian palm swift (Cypsiurus balasiensis) is a small swift. It is very similar to the African palm swift, Cypsiurus parvus, and was formerly considered to be the same species.
It is a common resident breeder in tropical Asia from India to the Philippines. The down and feather nest is glued to the underside of a palm leaf with saliva, which is also used to secure the usually two or three eggs. This is a bird of open country and cultivation, which is strongly associated with oil palms.
This 13 cm long species is mainly pale brown in colour. It has long swept-back wings that resemble a crescent or a boomerang. The body is slender, and the tail is long and deeply forked, although it is usually held closed. The call is a loud shrill scream.
Sexes are similar, and young birds differ from adults mainly in their shorter tails. Asian palm swift has very short legs which it uses only for clinging to vertical surfaces, since swifts never settle voluntarily on the ground.
These swifts spend most of their lives in the air, living on the insects they catch in their beaks. Asian palm swifts often feed near the ground, and they drink on the wing.
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Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Aves Order Apodiformes Family Apodidae Genus Cypsiurus Species Cypsiurus balasiensis
Thai: นกแอ่นตาล, nok aen taan
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)
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Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram Ao Phang-Nga National Park Ban Bueng District, Chonburi Ban Chang District, Rayong Ban Laem District, Phetchaburi Ban Lat District, Phetchaburi Ban Phai District, Khon Kaen Ban Pho District, Chachoengsao Ban Phraek District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Bang Ban District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Bang Kruai District, Nonthaburi Bang Lamung District, Chonburi Bang Len District, Nakhon Pathom Bang Pa In District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Bang Pahan District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Bang Phra Non-Hunting Area Bang Pu Recreation Centre Bang Saphan Noi District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Bangkok Province Borabue District, Maha Sarakham Bueng Boraped Non-Hunting Area Bueng Khong Long Non-Hunting Area Buntharik District, Ubon Ratchathani Chae Son National Park Chaiya District, Surat Thani Chaiyo District, Ang Thong Chaloem Phra Kiat District, Saraburi Chaloem Phrakiat Thai Prachan National Park Chanuman District, Amnat Charoen Chatturat District, Chaiyaphum Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary Chiang Khan District, Loei Chiang Khong District, Chiang Rai Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai Doi Inthanon National Park Doi Lang Doi Lo District, Chiang Mai Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park Doi Phu Kha National Park Doi Saket District, Chiang Mai Doi Suthep - Pui National Park Doi Tao District, Chiang Mai Dong Kheng Forest Park Erawan National Park Fang District, Chiang Mai Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary Hang Chat District, Lampang Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park Hat Yai District, Songkhla Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Huai Chorakhe Mak Reservoir Non-Hunting Area Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary Huai Talat Reservoir Non-Hunting Area Huai Yang Waterfall National Park In Buri District, Sing Buri Kabin Buri District, Prachinburi Kaeng Khoi District, Saraburi Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi Kaeng Krachan National Park Kaeng Krung National Park Kamphaeng Saen District, Nakhon Pathom Kanthararom District, Sisaket Kantharawichai District, Maha Sarakham Khanom District, Nakhon Si Thammarat Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary Khao Banthat Wildlife Sanctuary Khao Chong Khao Dinsor (Chumphon Raptor Center) Khao Khiao - Khao Chomphu Wildlife Sanctuary Khao Laem National Park Khao Laem Ya National Park Khao Lak - Lam Ru National Park Khao Luang National Park Khao Nam Khang National Park Khao Nan National Park Khao Nang Phanthurat Forest Park Khao Phanom Bencha National Park Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary Khao Pra Wihan National Park Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park Khao Sanam Prieng Wildlife Sanctuary Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary Khao Sok National Park Khao Yai National Park Khao Yoi District, Phetchaburi Khemarat District, Ubon Ratchathani Khiri Rat Nikhom District, Surat Thani Khlong Hoi Khong District, Songkhla Khlong Lan National Park Khlong Luang District, Pathum Thani Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary Khok Sung District, Sa Kaeo Khon San District, Chaiyaphum Khun Chae National Park Khun Tan District, Chiang Rai Khung Kraben Non-Hunting Area Khura Buri District, Phang Nga Klaeng District, Rayong Ko Lanta National Park Ko Phayam Ko Samui District, Surat Thani Ko Sichang District, Chonburi Ko Tao Kromluang Chumphon Wildlife Sanctuary Kui Buri National Park Kumphawapi District, Udon Thani Laem Pak Bia Lam Nam Kok National Park Mae Ai District, Chiang Mai Mae Chan District, Chiang Rai Mae Fa Luang District, Chiang Rai Mae Mo District, Lampang Mae Moei National Park Mae Ping National Park Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai Mae Wong National Park Mu Ko Chang National Park Mueang Buriram District, Buriram Mueang Chaiyaphum District, Chaiyaphum Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai Mueang Chonburi District, Chonburi Mueang Chumphon District, Chumphon Mueang Kalasin District, Kalasin Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi Mueang Khon Kaen District, Khon Kaen Mueang Krabi District, Krabi Mueang Lampang District, Lampang Mueang Lamphun District, Lamphun Mueang Lopburi District, Lopburi Mueang Maha Sarakham District, Maha Sarakham Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Nakhon Nayok Mueang Nakhon Pathom District, Nakhon Pathom Mueang Nan District, Nan Mueang Nong Khai District, Nong Khai Mueang Nonthaburi District, Nonthaburi Mueang Pathum Thani District, Pathum Thani Mueang Pattani District, Pattani Mueang Phang Nga District, Phang Nga Mueang Phatthalung District, Phatthalung Mueang Phetchabun District, Phetchabun Mueang Phetchaburi District, Phetchaburi Mueang Phichit District, Phichit Mueang Phitsanulok District, Phitsanulok Mueang Phuket District, Phuket Mueang Ratchaburi District, Ratchaburi Mueang Sa Kaeo District, Sa Kaeo Mueang Samut Sakhon District, Samut Sakhon Mueang Samut Songkhram District, Samut Songkhram Mueang Saraburi District, Saraburi Mueang Satun District, Satun Mueang Sisaket District, Sisaket Mueang Songkhla District, Songkhla Mueang Sukhothai District, Sukhothai Mueang Suphanburi District, Suphan Buri Mueang Surat Thani District, Surat Thani Mueang Tak District, Tak Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani Nam Nao National Park Nam Phong National Park Namtok Phlio National Park Namtok Sam Lan National Park Non Sang District, Nong Bua Lamphu Non Thai District, Nakhon Ratchasima Nong Bong Khai Non-Hunting Area Nong Han Lake Nong Prue District, Kanchanaburi Nong Saeng District, Udon Thani Nong Song Hong District, Khon Kaen Nong Suea District, Pathum Thani Nong Thung Thong Non-Hunting Area Nong Ya Plong District, Phetchaburi Nong Yai Area Development Project Under Royal Init Ob Khan National Park Pa Sak Chonlasit Dam Non-Hunting Area Pa Sang District, Lamphun Pachee River Wildlife Sanctuary Pai District, Mae Hong Son Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima Pak Kret District, Nonthaburi Pak Phli District, Nakhon Nayok Pak Thale Pak Tho District, Ratchaburi Pak Thong Chai District, Nakhon Ratchasima Pang Sida National Park Pang Sila Thong District, Kamphaeng Phet Pathio District, Chumphon Pha Daeng National Park Pha Hin Ngam National Park Pha Taem National Park Phaisali District, Nakhon Sawan Phan District, Chiang Rai Phanat Nikhom District, Chonburi Phato District, Chumphon Phatthana Nikhom District, Lopburi Phayuha Khiri District, Nakhon Sawan Phimai District, Nakhon Ratchasima Pho Prathap Chang District, Phichit Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Phu Chong Na Yoi National Park Phu Foi Lom National Park Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary Phu Langka National Park Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary Phu Ruea National Park Phu Suan Sai National Park Phu Wiang National Park Phutthamonthon District, Nakhon Pathom Pran Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Pran Buri Forest Park Ramkhamhaeng National Park Ratchasan District, Chachoengsao Sai Noi District, Nonthaburi Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi Sai Yok National Park Sakaerat Environmental Research Station Samae San Island Samut Prakan Province San Kala Khiri National Park San Sai District, Chiang Mai Sanam Bin Reservoir Non-Hunting Area Sankhaburi District, Chainat Santi Suk District, Nan Sathing Phra District, Songkhla Sattahip District, Chonburi Si Maha Phot District, Prachinburi Si Racha District, Chonburi Si Satchanalai District, Sukhothai Si Thep District, Phetchabun Sikao District, Trang Similan Islands Sirinat National Park Sri Nakarin Dam National Park Sri Phang-nga National Park Ta Phraya National Park Tai Rom Yen National Park Taksin Maharat National Park Takua Pa District, Phang Nga Taphan Hin District, Phichit Tat Mok National Park Tha Chang District, Sing Buri Tha Takiap District, Chachoengsao Tha Wung District, Lopburi Tha Yang District, Phetchaburi Thai Mueang District, Phang Nga Thalang District, Phuket Thale Ban National Park Thale Noi Non-Hunting Area Tham Pratun Non-Hunting Area Than Sadet - Koh Pha-Ngan National Park Thanyaburi District, Pathum Thani Thao Kosa Forest Park Thap Lan National Park Thong Pha Phum National Park Thung Salaeng Luang National Park Ton Nga-Chang Wildlife Sanctuary Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary Wang Chan District, Rayong Wang Mai Forest Restoration Project Wang Nam Yen District, Sa Kaeo Wang Noi District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Wat Phai Lom & Wat Ampu Wararam Non-Hunting Area Wat Tham Erawan Non-Hunting Area Watthana Nakhon District, Sa Kaeo Wiang Kaen District, Chiang Rai Yan Ta Khao District, Trang Yang Talat District, Kalasin Range map of Cypsiurus balasiensis in Thailand
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