Silver-rumped Spinetail

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Scientific Name: Rhaphidura leucopygialis

Malay Name: Layang-layang Ekor-Pendek Melayu

Chinese Name: 银腰针尾雨燕

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to the Greater Sundas comprising Sumatra, Java and Borneo.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 11 cm

Identification: Smaller than the other migratory Needletail species but still look robust with all blackish underparts, dark bluish gloss upperparts, prominent silvery-white lower back, rump and uppertail-coverts, short square-cut tail, very broad paddle-shaped wings and bare shafts (spines) extending from tail-tip. Juvenile has less glossy underparts.

Similar looking species: White-throated Needletail, Silver-backed Needletail, Brown-backed Needletail

Habitat: Broadleaved evergreen forest and clearings.

Behaviour/Ecology: Roosts in large tree hollows in the emergent canopy.

Local Status: Former resident and very rare visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

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BirdLife International. (2016). Rhaphidura leucopygialis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.