• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

Spotted Forktail - BirdForum Opus

Nominate subspecies
Photo by Alok Tewari
Distt. Nainital, Alt. 5000ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, October-2015
Enicurus maculatus

Identification

26 cm (10¼ in)

  • Black and white plumage
  • White spots on mantle
  • Long tail

Similar Species

White-crowned Forktail

Distribution

Asia: found in Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Nepal
South Asia: Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western [Himalayas]], Bangladesh, Bhutan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar and Vietnam

Taxonomy

Subspecies

There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • E. m. maculatus:
  • E. m. guttatus:
  • Himalayas of extreme eastern Nepal to south-western China and Myanmar
  • E. m. bacatus:
  • Mountains of southern China (south-eastern Yunnan and north-western Fujian) to northern Vietnam
  • E. m. robinsoni:
    South Vietnam (Da Lat Plateau)

Habitat

Small upland rocky streams and rivulets.

Behaviour

Diet

They pick insects, larvae and molluscs from stones along mountain streams. They also eat caterpillars and other insects such as craneflies

Vocalisation

Call: apparently a beautiful loud whistle

References

  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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2015)

Recommended Citation

External Links


GSearch checked for 2020 platform.1

Back
Top