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(Animals) any of various small swifts of the Asian genus Collocalia that often live in caves and use echolocation: the nests, which are made of hardened saliva, are used in oriental cookery to make birds' nest soup


(ˈswɪft lɪt)

any swift of the genus Collocalia, of SE Asia, Indonesia, and Australia, certain species of which use saliva to construct nests, which are used in making bird's-nest soup.
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Noun1.swiftlet - swift of eastern Asia; produces the edible bird's nest
swift - a small bird that resembles a swallow and is noted for its rapid flight
Collocalia, genus Collocalia - a genus of Apodidae
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Even more challenging caves shelter swiftlets (balinsasayaw) that have from time immemorial yielded a Palawan export.
Named after the tiny swiftlets that build out of their saliva the edible nests (el nido in Spanish) found in the immense limestone cliffs surrounding the town, El Nido belongs to mainland Palawan that in January 2016, was declared the World's Best Island by Conde Nast Traveler, a US-based lifestyle and luxury magazine.
The periodic assessments carried out in respect of identified species, rhinoceros, Manipur Brow-antlered deer, Edible-nest Swiftlets and lion, have indicated improvement in their population status.
The nests are white and translucent and can be found wherever colonies of swiftlets are breeding, in caves, on cliffs or sometimes on a building.
Whoever else will be attracted by development to Lundu, the swiftlets surely are.
Page, 1996, "Does Behavior Reflect Phylogeny in Swiftlets (Aves: Apodidae)?
It is produced by several different swiftlet species in the genus of Aerodramus and Collocalia and the nest is mainly built by male swiftlets [2].
Made from the saliva of cave-dwelling birds called swiftlets, the nests are dangerous to harvest, laborious to prepare and have, according to traditional Chinese medicine, a long list of health benefits.
Swiftlets build nests with their glue-like saliva, cemented on the walls of cold, dark places like limestone caves, tunnels, under the roofs of coves along seashores, and in barns, far away from predators.