French: Martinet indien German: Hindusegler Spanish: Vencejo indio
Other common names:
White-rumped Spine-tailed Swift,
Indian White-rumped Spinetail
S of Himalayas from NC India (Garhwal, in Uttarakhand) E through Nepal to Sikkim; E & EC India (E Maharashtra, Odisha and SW West Bengal); SW India from Goa S through Western Ghats to S Kerala. Recorded in SE Bangladesh (possibly also elsewhere in that country). Reported in Myanmar, where status uncertain.
11 cm; 13 g. Small spinetail with short square tail, rounded when spread, relatively large head and distinctive wing shape, hooked outer wing, bulging midwing and pinched in... read more
Rather silent. Occasionally a doubled buzzy “zzik-zzik”.
In Himalayas found to 1770 m, though generally at lower altitudes over variety of forest types,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly Coleoptera and Hemiptera. Usually forages in small groups, though up to 50 have been recorded together, over forested and adjacent... read more
Season mainly Mar–Apr, though recorded Feb–May, Western Ghats. Believed to be a solitary breeder; multiple nests at some sites... read more
Largely resident, but with some dispersal, which appears to be without pattern.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally rather local and uncommon, but sometimes abundant; groups of up to 50 individuals occasionally recorded, but numbers are normally much... read more
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