French: Énicure voilé German: Zwergscherenschwanz Spanish: Torrentero de la Sonda
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
E. v. sumatranus
Robinson & Kloss, 1923 – highlands of Sumatra.
E. v. velatus
Temminck, 1822 – highlands of Java.
16 cm. Tail deeply forked but evenly graduated (“stepped”), so that white tips of overlaid black feathers appear as bands or double crescents down long black tail... read more
A hard shrill “chee” or “hie-tie-tie”.
Boulder-strewn rivers, margins and fast-flowing streams in hill and mountain forest; 600–2000... read more
Food and feeding
Water insects and their larvae, snails.
Aug in Sumatra; Jan and Apr–Jul in W Java. Nest apparently similar to that of E. leschenaulti. Eggs 2, whitish with reddish... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia EBA and Java and Bali Forests EBA. Common in Sumatra; much rarer in Java, where... read more
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