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Papuan Swiftlet Aerodramus papuensis
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This species is known from only a handful of specimens and may be unidentifiable in the field. Although it may be locally common, there is no information on its likely distribution extent, population size, trends or threats. For these reasons, it is classified as Data Deficient.

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.

Taxonomic note
Aerodramus papuensis (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) was previously placed in the genus Collocalia.

Collocalia papuensis Rand, 1941

Distribution and population
This species is known from a handful of specimens from New Guinea (Papua, formerly Irian Jaya, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea). Specimens are known from the Idenburg River (where flocks of up to 30 birds were recorded), northern Snow Mountains, around Jayapura and one taken in 1993 from a cave in the Hindenburg Range. There are unconfirmed sight records across northern Papua New Guinea to the Huon Peninsula but this species may be unidentifiable in the field (Coates 1985, Beehler et al. 1986, Rowland 1994).

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally common (del Hoyo et al. 1999).

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Its ecological requirements are unknown and it has been recorded from sea-level to 2,400 m asl.

The population, status and threats to this species cannot be assessed on present knowledge.

Conservation Actions Underway
None is known. Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey historical locations and potentially suitable habitats for the species. Study its ecological requirements and threats. Clarify field identification criteria.

Beehler, B. M.; Pratt, T. K.; Zimmerman, D. A. 1986. Birds of New Guinea. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Coates, B. J. 1985. The birds of Papua New Guinea, 1: non-passerines. Dove, Alderley, Australia.

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International.

del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J. 1999. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 5: Barn-owls to Hummingbirds. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

IUCN. 2015. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015-4. Available at: (Accessed: 19 November 2015).

Rowland, P. 1994. A new altitude record and range extension for the Three-toed Swiftlet Collocalia nuditarsus. Muruk 6(3): 10.

Further web sources of information
Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).

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Text account compilers
Derhé, M., Dutson, G. & Symes, A.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Aerodramus papuensis. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Data Deficient
Family Apodidae (Swifts)
Species name author Rand, 1941
Population size U mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 153,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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