Family Woodswallows and Butcherbirds (Artamidae)

Least Concern

Ivory-backed Woodswallow (Artamus monachus)


Taxonomy

French: Langrayen à tête noire German: Weißrücken-Schwalbenstar Spanish: Artamo cabecinegro
Taxonomy:

Artamus monachus

Bonaparte

, 1850,

Sulawesi

.

Superficially similar to geographically remote A. insignis, but differs in its milky-brown vs blackish hood (3), metallic grey vs blackish wings (2) and short white uppertail-coverts (in insignis these coverts are long and cover far more of the tail: 2). Birds of Sula Is previously separated as race sulaensis, but insufficiently distinct, merely averaging slightly smaller#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Sulawesi, Lembeh, Togian Is#R, Banggai Is, Butung I#R and Sula Archipelago.

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm. Most of plumage is white, with brownish-grey head and throat, black lores and chin, blackish-grey wing and tail; iris dark brown; bill pale blue-grey, tip... read more

Voice

A series of monosyllabic notes, more metallic and penetrating than those of A. leucoryn;... read more

Habitat

Forest, forest edges and openings, at 200–2000 m. Favours more heavily wooded areas than... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Soars and hawks above canopy of unbroken forest; perches at edge of small forest clearings, making short sallies. In pairs, in... read more

Breeding

One active nest in late Jul; situated c. 15 m up tree, at base of large epiphyte; a second nest recorded also in late Jul. No other... read more

Movements

No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widely but patchily distributed in Sulawesi; generally uncommon but locally common at lower elevations. Less numerous than sympatric A. leucoryn... read more

Recommended citation

Rowley, I., Russell, E. & Bonan, A. (2019). Ivory-backed Woodswallow (Artamus monachus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60605 on 22 March 2019).