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Edible bird nest - Aerodramus Fuciphagus Sub-Species

The sub-species of swiftlets in the Aerodramus Fuchipagus family produce white edible birds’ nests.

The Aerodramus Fuciphagus sub-species of swiftlets can only be found in Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Brunei.

The Aerodramus Fuciphagus swiftlets have black feathers at their backs and wings while the underside of their bodies has soft feathers that are dark grey or black in color. When in flight, their tails are shaped in the form of a ‘V’.

The male and female Aerodramus Fuciphagus swiftlets regurgitate long, thin gelatinous strands from their salivary glands under their tongues which are then would into a half-cup nest which bonds like quick-drying cement to the inside of a cave wall or to specially-prepared wooden nesting planks inside a swiftlet farm.

The nests appear to be clear or white in colour. The nests produced by the Aerodramus Fuciphagus swiftlets are the most valuable of nests as they consists of 97 to 99 percent saliva of the swiftlets while the remaining 1 to 3 percent of the nests is made up of their feathers. These are nests that are known as ‘liquid gold’ to the Chinese.

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