French: Martinet de Sao Tomé German: Sao-Tomé-Segler Spanish: Vencejo de Santo Tomé
Other common names:
Sao Tome Spine-tailed Swift
E. J. O. Hartert
São Tomé and Príncipe, in Gulf of Guinea.
10 cm; c. 8 g. A tiny spinetail with typical spinetail wing shape, hooked in outer wing with bulging midwing, and square tail, appearing rounded when spread, rectrix spines 1... read more
Call described as a high-pitched squeaking or piercing “tririritritri”.
Essentially a forest species, primary or secondary, but also over adjacent cultivated areas and... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including tiny beetles. Forages in groups of 8–10, circling trees and also performing “figures of eight” 5–10 m above... read more
Inferred egg-laying in early Aug and late Oct on São Tomé, and in Sept on Príncipe. Solitary nester. Open, cupped,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in São Tomé EBA and Príncipe EBA. Common on both islands.
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