Christmas Island Swiftlet / Collocalia natalis

Christmas Island Swiftlet

SCI Name:  Collocalia natalis
Protonym:  Collocalia natalis Proc.Zool.Soc.London(1888) (1888), Pt4 no.35 p.520
Taxonomy:  Caprimulgiformes / Apodidae /
Taxonomy Code:  chiswi1
Type Locality:  Christmas Island, Indian Ocean.
Publish Year:  1889
IUCN Status:  


(Apodidae; Glossy Swiftlet C. esculenta) Gr. κολλα kolla  glue; καλια kalia  nest; the nests of cave swiftlets are made from a cement formed in the salivary glands of breeding birds, and form the base of the Chinese delicacy birds-nest soup.  However, the hard, fibrous nests of the Glossy Swiftlet are considered useless for culinary purposes; "COLLOCALIA, n.  Hirundo, L.  C. esculenta, (L.) n. Briss., II. t. 46. f. 2. A." (G. Gray 1840); "Collocalia G. R. Gray, List Gen. Bds., 1840, p. 8.  Type, by original designation, Hirundo esculenta Linné." (Peters, 1940, IV, p. 220). 
Var. CollicaliaColocalia.
Synon. Salangana.

L. natalis  birthday  < natus  born, son  < nasci  to be born.
● Christmas I., Indian Ocean (so-named by Capt. William Mynors, of the East India Co., when he sailed past on Christmas Day 1643) (subsp. Accipiter fasciatus, subsp. Chalcophaps indica, subsp. Collocalia esculenta, Ninox, Zosterops).