Aerodramus manuoi (Steadman)

Mangaia Swiftlet (Aerodramus manuoi)

The Mangaia Swiftlet was described in 2002 based on subfossil bones recovered from a rockshelter on the island of Mangaia, Cook Islands.

The species was closely related to the extant Atiu Swiftlet (Aerodramus sawtelli (Holyoak)) from the island of ‘Atiu, the neighbor island of Mangaia, but was larger.


syn. Collocalia manuoi Steadman


Atiu Swiftlet (Aerodramus sawtelli)

Photo: Biberl



[1] David W. Steadman: A new species of swiftlet (Aves: Apodidae) from the late Quaternary of Mangaia, Cook Islands, Oceania. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 22(2): 326-331. 2002


edited: 10.01.2024