Species Details

@Hari Basnet

Slaty‑backed Forktail Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Tarsiger indicus
Family : Muscicapidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Rivers
Description : The Slaty-backed Forktail is a small, long tailed pied bird with a slaty back (length 25 cm, weight 28 g, wing 9.7 cm, bill 2 cm, tarsus 3 cm, tail: 13 cm, inner 4.4 cm approximately). The adult is grey-black with white bands above and white below except for its black throat. It has a narrow white frontal patch extending into a white supercillium, the crown and mantle are slate grey, the chin, throat and cheeks are black. It also has broad white patches across its black wings, a small white patch on its primaries, a white rump, white tips to its tertials, and white bands on its tail. It feeds mainly on insects, especially beetles. It breeds in the Himalayas and hills of northeast India in April-June.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Sharmin Rahman,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: Hari Basnet (www.inaturalist.org/people/Hari Basnet ),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;Marc Andersonmore information, please contact us.