Scientific Name: Hirundapus cochinchinensis
Malay Name: Layang-layang Besar Rengkung Pudar
Chinese Name: 灰喉针尾雨燕
Range: Found from Nepal, Indian subcontinent to southern China and winters to Southeast Asia except the Philippines
Size: 20.5-22 cm
Identification: Resembles Brown-backed Needletail but centre of saddle distinctively silvery-grey and lacks white spot on lores. Distinguished from White-throated Needletail by the paler, brownish-grey throat patch.
Habitat: Forested and open areas.
Behaviour/Ecology: Highly active, only staying at one site for any length of time if drinking or feeding. Often seen in association with Brown-backed Needletail.
Local Status: Rare migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Featured reports: Nov 2022
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Silver-backed Needletail Hirundapus cochinchinensis Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2016 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2016). Hirundapus cochinchinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22686684A93121901.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Silver-backed Needletail. Retrieved on September 15, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/silver-backed-needletail.