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Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)
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Collocalia is a genus of swifts, containing some of the smaller species termed "swiftlets". Formerly a catch-all genus for these, a number of its erstwhile members are now normally (though not by all authors) placed in Aerodramus.

Based on Rheindt et al., the Glossy Swiftlet, Collocalia esculenta, has been split into 8 species:

Remaining in Collocalia are:

An Early Miocene fossil swiftlet from the famous Riversleigh deposits of Australia was described as Collocalia buday.[1] This as well as a right ulna (MNZ S42799) found at the Manuherikia River in Otago, New Zealand and dating from the Early to Middle Miocene (Awamoan to Lillburnian, 19-16 million years ago)[2] would probably go into Aerodramus too.


  1. ^ Boles (2005)
  2. ^ Worthy et al. (2007)


  • Boles, Walter E. (2005): A New Flightless Gallinule (Aves: Rallidae: Gallinula) from the Oligo-Miocene of Riversleigh, Northwestern Queensland, Australia. (2005) Records of the Australian Museum 57(2): 179–190. ODF fulltext
  • Worthy, Trevor H.; Tennyson, A.J.D.; Jones, C.; McNamara, J.A. & Douglas, B.J. (2007): Miocene waterfowl and other birds from central Otago, New Zealand. J. Syst. Palaeontol. 5(1): 1-39. doi:10.1017/S1477201906001957 (HTML abstract)

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