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Black-nest Swiftlet Aerodramus maximus lowi   - Juvenile on nest
Black-nest Swiftlet
Photographer : © Lim Chan Koon
Location :Gua Batu Rusa, Bukit Sarang, Sarawak, Malaysia
Date : April 2000
English synonyms:Low's Swiftlet (lowi), Lowe's Swiftlet (lowi), Indo-Malayan Swiftlet, Indomalayan Swiftlet, Robinson's Swiftlet (maxima)
Bird Family :Apodidae - Swifts, Swiftlets & Needletails
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :One-and-a-half month old juvenile. As the nestling reaches near adult-size it spends a lot of time clinging on the rim of the nest. This is how it exercises the flight muscles, i.e. by firmly grasping onto the nest and flapping its wings. It is quite a comical sight - as if the nestling is trying to pull the nest off the wall! - LCK
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