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Aerodramus ceramensis

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Aerodramus

Aerodramus is a genus of birds from the swift family. Previously included in the genus swiftlet.

Sedentary birds. They inhabit Southeast Asia, the islands of the Malay Archipelago, New Guinea, the islands of Oceania and the Indian Ocean, northeastern Australia.

Unlike the swifts of the genera Collocalia and Hydrochous that also live in caves, Aerodramus uses echolocation for movement.

The nests of some birds of the genus, such as seaweed swiftlets and black-nested swiftlets, are known in Chinese cuisine as "swallow's nests" and are a popular delicacy.

1. Classification

The genus includes 28 species:

  • Aerodramus whiteheadi Ogilvie-Grant, 1895 - Philippine salangan
  • Aerodramus brevirostris Horsfield, 1840 - Himalayan salangan
  • Aerodramus terraereginae Ramsay, 1875 - Australian swiftlet
  • Aerodramus spodiopygius Peale, 1849 - White-tailed swiftlet
  • Aerodramus leucophaeus Gmelin, 1789 - Tahitian salangan
  • Aerodramus bartschi Mearns, 1909 - Guam salangan
  • Aerodramus amelis Oberholser, 1906
  • Aerodramus vulcanorum Stresemann, 1926
  • Aerodramus infuscatus Salvadori, 1880 - Moluccan salangan
  • Aerodramus salangana Streubel, 1848 - Gray swiftlet
  • Aerodramus sororum Stresemann, 1931
  • Aerodramus inquietus Kittlitz, 1858 - Carolina Salangan
  • Aerodramus nuditarsus Salomonsen, 1962 - Naked swiftlet
  • Aerodramus pelewensis Mayr, 1935 - Palaus salangan
  • Aerodramus fuciphagus Thunberg, 1812 - Seaweed salangana, or seaweed swiftlet
  • Aerodramus sawtelli Holyoak, 1974
  • Aerodramus germani Oustalet, 1876 - Edible swiftlet
  • Aerodramus francicus Gmelin, 1789 - Mauritian salangan
  • Aerodramus maximus Hume, 1878 - Black-breasted swiftlet
  • Aerodramus ocistus Oberholser, 1906 - Marquesas salangan
  • Aerodramus vanikorensis Quoy & Gaimard, 1832 - Gray swiftlet
  • Aerodramus hirundinaceus Stresemann, 1914 - Swallow swallowtail
  • Aerodramus unicolor Jerdon, 1840 - Indian swiftlet
  • Aerodramus papuensis Rand, 1941 - Papuan swiftlet
  • Aerodramus orientalis Mayr, 1935 - Salangana Meira
  • Aerodramus mearnsi Oberholser, 1912 - Philippine salangan
  • Aerodramus ceramensis van Oort, 1911
  • Aerodramus elaphrus Oberholser, 1906 - Seychelles salangan

Sometimes all species of this genus are considered as part of the genus Collocalia.

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