Species Details

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Black‑backed Forktail Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Enicurus schistaceus
Family : Muscicapidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Evergreen forest
Description : The Black-backed Forktail is a small pied passerine with a long, forked tail (length 25 cm, weight 25 g, wing 9 cm, bill 2 cm, tail 12.5 cm approximately). The adult is black barred with white above and is white below except for a black throat. It has a white forehead extending above the eye, black crown and mantle, broad white band across its black wings, white tips to its secondaries and a white rump. The feathers of the long forked tail are graduated and lie over so the white tips of the shorter ones appear as a series of white spots or bands, with a white tip to the tail. It has brown eyes, black bill and fleshy-white legs and feet. It feeds mainly on aquatic insects and worms. It breeds in March-May.
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;photo credit: Carlos Sanchez(www.inaturalist.org/people/ Carlos Sanchez),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;bird song owner:Mike Nelson(www.xeno-canto.org/Mike Nelson), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.