Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Slaty-backed Forktail (Enicurus schistaceus)


Taxonomy

French: Énicure ardoisé German: Graurücken-Scherenschwanz Spanish: Torrentero dorsigrís
Taxonomy:

Motacilla (Enicurus) schistaceus

Hodgson

, 1836,

Nepal

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

C & E Himalayas from N India (Uttarakhand) E to Myanmar, SC & E China (N to C Sichuan and Zhejiang), Thailand, Indochina and Peninsular Malaysia; possibly also Hainan#R.

Descriptive notes

22–25 cm; 26–38 g. Very like E. immaculatus, including in size, but with slate-grey crown to mantle. Sexes similar. Juvenile is like juvenile E.... read more

Voice

Call a high, thin, sharp, metallic screech, “teenk”, like that of small kingfisher (... read more

Habitat

As E. immaculatus, preferring larger rivers in valleys, often in open country. Breeds at... read more

Food and feeding

Small aquatic and water-associated invertebrates. In study in Nepal, 56% of observations of foraging position involved marginal rocks, 21%... read more

Breeding

Feb–Jun throughout range. Nest a cup or semi-dome (depending on site) built of compacted bryophytes, grasses, leaves and leaf... read more

Movements

Sedentary in SE Asia; subject to vertical movements in Himalayas.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common in Nepal. Fairly common in most of SE Asian range, but only locally so in S Thailand. Common in China.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2018). Slaty-backed Forktail (Enicurus schistaceus). 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/58558 on 17 October 2018).