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Photo by Alok Tewari
Dist. Nainital, Uttarakhand Himalayas, Alt. 5000 ft., India, October-2015
Enicurus immaculatus


20–25 cm (7¾-9¾)

  • Black head and throat
  • White mask
  • Long deeply forked tail


Asia: found from northern India to Myanmar, south-western China, north-western Thailand


This is a monotypic species[1].


Photo by bambuza
Chiangmai, Thailand, May 2009

Rocky hill streams and fast flowing rivers.



Their main diet consists of insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2015)

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