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Chestnut-naped Forktail - BirdForum Opus

Enicurus ruficapillus


20cm (8 in)

  • Chestnut crown and nape
  • Blackish breast
  • Black wings
  • White wingbar
  • White rump and underparts
  • Black tail with narrow white bars and white tip
  • Pink legs


  • Chestnut crown, nape and upper back


  • Chestnut crown, nape and entire back
Photo by PrinPrince
Southern Thailand, July 2009


Southeast Asia: found in Indochina, southern Myanmar to southern Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra and Maluku.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Lowland moist forests, rivers and streams to 1,300m.



The diet includes insects such as beetles, ants and larvae; and sometimes small snakes.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BirdLife International
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)

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