French: Martinet papou German: Papuasegler Spanish: Vencejo papúa
Other common names:
Papuan Spine-tailed Swift
D’Albertis and Salvadori
Fly River, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
M. n. buergersi
(Reichenow, 1917) – lowlands of N New Guinea from Mamberamo R E to Astrolabe Bay.
M. n. novaeguineae
(D’Albertis & Salvadori, 1879) – S & SE New Guinea lowlands from area S of Geelvink Bay E to Orangerie Bay.
11·5 cm. Small spinetail with large head, short square tail appearing rounded when spread, rectrix spines up to 1 mm beyond web, and distinct wing shape which is... read more
Rather silent. Occasionally gives a series of buzzy “zizz” or “sizz” calls. Also an unusual series... read more
Lowland species not recorded over 550 m. Found primarily over forested areas on coast and in... read more
Food and feeding
Typically forages in pairs or small flocks, groups over 40 not unknown. Often associates with swiftlets. Very active in crepuscular period... read more
Breeds in second half of dry season in Trans-Vanapa, Central Province. Nests in hollows in trees; recorded entering hollow trunk of burnt... read more
Resident; may show some local dispersal.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Frequency varies locally from scarce to abundant in suitable habitat; locally common around Kiunga, on upper Fly R. Record in 1992 of 10 birds in W... read more
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