A closer look at a Whiskered Treeswift

on 30th October 2013

The Whiskered Treeswift (Hemiprocne comata) is a forest bird. It is usually seen high up in the forest canopy, among the tall emergent crownsas wee as along the forest edge. Occasionally it descends lower to secondary forests and matured orchards. It perches near the ends of bare twigs of tall trees looking out for small flying arthropods.

KC Tsang managed to capture the above image at the Ulu Temburong National Park, Brunei Darussalam in September 2013.

Noted KC, “I would like to venture to say that not many people would have seen the back view of this very handsome bird, the Whiskered Treeswift…”

Another image that KC captured is the treeswift turning 180º such that it is able to see behind (above). An earlier post LINK describes how the long neck folded into an s-shape enables the bird to pull such a stunt. The Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) has similar ablilty LINK.

On the other hand, owls are able to turn up to 270º in either direction LINK.

KC Tsang
October 2013

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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