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Halmahera Swiftlet

Aerodramus infuscatus

The Halmahera swiftlet, known scientifically as Aerodramus infuscatus and formerly classified under Collocalia infuscata, is a swift of the family Apodidae. This avian species is a native resident of North Maluku, Indonesia, where it graces the skies with its agile flight.

Identification Tips

As with many swifts, the Halmahera swiftlet is characterized by its streamlined body and long, narrow wings, which are designed for a life spent predominantly on the wing. Its plumage is less conspicuous, blending with the subtropical and tropical environments it inhabits.

Habitat

The Halmahera swiftlet thrives in the lush subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, as well as the cooler climes of subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. These habitats provide the necessary conditions for its aerial lifestyle and feeding habits.

Distribution

Endemic to North Maluku in Indonesia, the Halmahera swiftlet is a species that has adapted to the specific ecological niches of this region.

Behaviour

Swiftlets, including the Halmahera swiftlet, are known for their remarkable flight abilities. They spend the majority of their lives airborne, coming to land only for breeding purposes.

Conservation status

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has assessed the Halmahera swiftlet as being of Least Concern. This status indicates that, currently, there are no immediate threats to its population numbers that would warrant a more urgent conservation priority.

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