Asian Palm Swift

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names

Palm Swift

Native Habitat

Open agricultural land




Asian Palm Swift

Cypsiurus balasiensis

The Asian Palm Swift is a small swift. 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.

This 13 cm long species is mainly pale brown in color. 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.

Sexes are similar, and young birds differ mainly 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.

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    তাল বতাহী
  • Bengali:
    এশীয় তালবাতাসি
  • Gujarati:
    તાડી અબાબીલ
  • Hindi:
    ताडी अबाबील
  • Kannada:
    ತಾಳೆ ಬಾನಾಡಿ
  • Malayalam:
  • Marathi:
  • Nepali:
    थाकल गौंथली
  • Tamil:
    ஆசிய பனை உழவாரன்
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Cypsiurus balasiensis