Photohunt Theme : Nest
On a trip to Malacca years ago, I chanced upon these swiftlets and their nests in an old hotel.
The swiftlets have been making one hall of the hotel their permanent home by building their nests in it.
The swiftlets constructed the nests using their saliva. From its sublingual salivary glands, the male bird produces a long, gelatinous strand of condensed saliva which is then woven into a half-cup nest, bonded to a vertical surface.
These bird nests, after careful cleaning, are edible.
Edible bird's nests from Sarawak
The much sought-after and relatively tasteless nests are collected and made into savoury or sweet soups. According to Chinese traditional medicine, the bird's nest soup maintains youthfulness and enhances our complexion.