French: Énicure nain German: Stummelscherenschwanz Spanish: Torrentero chico
Tajikistan and W Tien Shan and Pamir-Alai E through Himalayas to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh and S Assam hills), C & E China (N to S Gansu and N Zhejiang), W Myanmar (possibly winter only), NW Vietnam, and Taiwan.
12–14 cm; 11–19 g. Smallest forktail, with notched, relatively short tail. Has black head to upper breast, back, wings and central tail, with white rounded... read more
Relatively silent. Song and calls not well distinguished, two vocalizations reported: very soft,... read more
Margins of montane watercourses, from small rocky streams less than 3 m wide to the most rugged... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly aquatic insects and crustacea; nine stomachs from Tadjikistan contained tipulids, staphylinid beetles, buprestid beetles, ants,... read more
Apr in Afghanistan and Apr–Jul in Pakistan and India; from Mar for several months in S China; two broods, at least in S China.... read more
Vertical movements and some short-distance migration; possibly only winter visitor in Myanmar.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon in Tien Shan and Pamir-Alai Mts. Locally frequent but generally fairly uncommon in Pakistan, where on two streams in one area of Gilgit a... read more
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