The Common Birdwing is a beautiful and large butterfly belonging to the Swallowtail. It is often found in the wildlife trade due to its popularity with butterfly collectors.
Upperside of forewings are rich velvety black with adnervular pale streaks on either side of the veins beyond the cell. The cilia is short, black, alternated with pale buffy white in the middle of the interspaces. It is the largest butterfly to be found in India. It is widely distributed and locally common in forest areas.