Elsewhere, the Glossy Swiftlet
(Collocalia esculenta) has also been identified as a canopy-subcanopy foraging species (Collins 2000, Manchi and Sankaran 2010).
Malaysia's largest developer of swiftlet
parks that produce edible bird's nests, a precious delicacy in Southeast and East Asia, has ambitious plans to enter the world stage with its products and even wants to raise capital through an initial public offering in New York later this year.
The Wongaloo/Cromarty Wetlands is home to many wildlife species, such as the Brolga, the Australian swiftlet
, the black-necked stork, the Southern black throated finch and the Cotton pygmy-goose.
This edible nest is made from the saliva of a bird called the white-nest swiftlet
Breeding biology of the Mountain Swiftlet
Aerodramus hirundinaceus in Irian Jaya.
For centuries, traditional Chinese doctors have been using swiftlet
nests to cure various ailments, raise libido and rejuvenate skin.
It's described as being made from the saliva used to make a nest by swiftlet
birds, and they should only be from caves, not cliffs or trees, making it a dangerous and rare treat if done properly.
Scientists have typically relied on characteristics beyond size, shape, and color to distinguish the members of one swiftlet
species from those of another, simply because the birds have so few distinguishing features, he notes.
Take bird's nest soup, made from the nests of the cave swiftlet
Bird's nest soup is made from the nest of the tiny swiftlet
3 m wide), named after the 'hava beel' ('White-nest' swiftlet
(Collocalia fuciphaga inexpectata Hume) (Ali & Ripley 1983: 267)).
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