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Forest Wagtail

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Photo by SeeTohFormer Bidadari Cemetery, Singapore, September 2013
Photo by SeeToh
Former Bidadari Cemetery, Singapore, September 2013
Dendronanthus indicus


[edit] Identification

Photo by nhattanlaHanoi, Vietnam, February 2017
Photo by nhattanla
Hanoi, Vietnam, February 2017

16–18 cm (6ΒΌ-7 in)
Broad black crescent breast patch, separated from broken black crescent patch by creamy white breast band together with whitish wing bars diagnostic. Upperparts olive-brown with thin whitish supercilium. Underparts creamy white.

[edit] Distribution

Breeding in far eastern Russia, Korea and northern China; wintering south to Indian subcontinent and southeast Asia to the Greater Sundas, Indonesia.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Forests, forest edges, mangroves, plantation and scrubs.

[edit] Behaviour

Usually solitary or in pairs, foraging on the ground. Will perch on trees. Has been observed roosting communally in large numbers in scrubland.

[edit] Breeding

The nest is formed from rootlets, grass, leaves and twigs, held together by moss and webs, close to the trunk of a large tree. The 4 to 5 eggs are incubated by the female; the male helping to feed the brood.

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of small insects, worms and snails etc. They are also known to fly catch from a perch.

[edit] Action

Frequently sways body side-ways in a cork screw like motion.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call: a sharp metallic ping.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. ArKive

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