Scientific Name: Rhaphidura leucopygialis
Malay Name: Layang-layang Ekor-Pendek Melayu
Chinese Name: 银腰针尾雨燕
Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to the Greater Sundas comprising Sumatra, Java and Borneo.
Size: 11 cm
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.
Habitat: Broadleaved evergreen forest and clearings.
Behaviour/Ecology: Roosts in large tree hollows in the emergent canopy.
Local Status: Very rare non-breeding visitor
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Past accepted records in our database:
Past records, bar chart (see more bar charts):
BirdLife International. (2016). Rhaphidura leucopygialis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22686661A93120578.en. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.