French: Énicure ardoisé German: Graurücken-Scherenschwanz Spanish: Torrentero dorsigrís
Motacilla (Enicurus) schistaceus
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.
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
Call a high, thin, sharp, metallic screech, “teenk”, like that of small kingfisher (... read more
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
Feb–Jun throughout range. Nest a cup or semi-dome (depending on site) built of compacted bryophytes, grasses, leaves and leaf... read more
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.
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