Species Details


Silver-backed Needletail Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Hirundapus cochinchinensis
Family : Apodidae
Order : Apodiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Cochinxhina Spinetail Swift, White-vented Needletail
Habitat : Evergreen forest
Description : The Silver-backed Needletail is a large swift with long-pointed, bow-shaped wings, a distinct silver back and spines on the tail (adult bird length approximately 20 cm, wing 18.2 cm, bill 0.8 cm, tarsus 1.6 cm, tail 4.8 cm). It looks dark above and below but with a prominent white undertail. Its head, wings and tail are dark brown-black. It is a fast flyer and its wings make musical swishing sounds in flight.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;photo credit: pseudolapiz (www.inaturalist.org/people/ pseudolapiz ),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;more information, please contact us.