Species Details

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Brown‑backed Needletail Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Hirundapus giganteus
Family : Apodidae
Order : Apodiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Large Brown-throated Spinetail Swift, Brown Needletail, Brown-throated Spinetail Swift
Habitat : Evergreen forest
Description : The Brown-backed Needletail is a large blackish-brown swift with needles protruding from the tail and long-pointed, bow-shaped wings (adult bird length approximately 23 cm, wing 19.5 cm, bill 1.5 cm, tarsus 1.7 cm, tail 5.7 cm). It looks blackish-brown from above and dark brown from below. It feeds on flying insects, especially beetles, bugs, grasshoppers, ants and bees. It breeds in February-April.
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;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang(www.inaturalist.org/people/Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;Frank Lambertmore information, please contact us.