Watching the Pacific Swallows at Koh Chang Lifts Your Spirit
Watching the pacific swallow does acrobatic dives as it catches flying insects for food is such a delightful sight to behold. This is the usual sight if you happened to traverse by motor boat or kayak the mangrove area along the southernmost portion of Koh Chang Island specifically the small islands situated in the bay of Thailand such as Koh Lao Nai, Koh Khlum, Koh Wai and the neighboring small islands.
Hirundo tahitica is the scientific name of the Pacific Swallow. It is a small passerine bird in the swallow family. It breeds in tropical Southern Asia from Southern India and Sri Lanka across to South East Asia like the country of Thailand particularly in Koh Chang Island and the islands of the South Pacific. It is resident apart from some local seasonal movements. This bird is associated with coasts, but is increasingly spreading to forested uplands. Pacific swallows are naturally fast flyers. They are known to be agile because of their small body structure measuring only 13 centimeters in length. They love to catch their feeds while airborne. It has a blue back with browner wings and tail, a red face and throat, and dusky underparts.
Pacific swallow is placed into the taxonomic family, Hirundinidae, the swallows and martins. These birds are adapted to catching insects in flight, making them similar to another group of aerial insectivores, the swifts. However, unlike swifts, swallows often perch and wait for individual insects to pursue and capture instead of flying around with their mouths wide open. Further, swallows feed very low in the air column, often engage in aerial acrobatics, and they also can perch -- all behaviors that the swifts lack. Unlike their migratory relatives, Pacific swallows are resident. They are fairly common within their range, but favor open country with lots of water, and are also found in coastal areas and in mangroves. The island of Koh Chang makes a perfect place for this species to thrive in numbers.