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Little Forktail

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In a mountain stream-torrent : its typical habitatPhoto © by Alok TewariKainchi Ashram, Alt. 4800 ft, Nainital, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2011
In a mountain stream-torrent : its typical habitat
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Kainchi Ashram, Alt. 4800 ft, Nainital, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2011
Enicurus scouleri


[edit] Identification

12–14 cm (4¾-5½) The smallest forktail with a fairly short tail

  • Black head to upper breast
  • Black wings and centre of tail
  • White fore-rump, underparts, undertail coverts and vent
  • Black bill
  • Pale pink feet

[edit] Distribution

Photo © by Yeshey DorjiDechenchholing, Western Bhutan, November 2004
Photo © by Yeshey Dorji
Dechenchholing, Western Bhutan, November 2004

Asia: found in Russia, Turkestan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Nepal
South Asia: Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bhutan, Taiwan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar and Vietnam

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]

  • E. s. scouleri:
  • E. s. fortis:
Mountain streams of Taiwan

[edit] Habitat

Rocky mountain streams in forested areas, especially waterfalls.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Diet consists of aquatic insects and crustaceans including beetles and ants.

[edit] Breeding

The cup-shaped nest is made of moss, leaves and grass, usually found in a rock crevice or on a ledge, which is very often behind a waterfall. The clutch consists of 3-5 eggs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)
  4. Birding in Taiwan

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