Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Swifts :: White-throated Needletail

White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus

Described by: Latham (1802)
Alternate common name(s): White-throated Spine-tailed Swift, Asiatic Spine-tailed Swift, Northern Needletail, White-throated Spinetail, White-throated Spinetailed Swift, Spinetailed Swift
Old scientific name(s): Hirundapus caudacuta, Chaetura caudacuta


Samsonvale, Queensland, Australia - Jan, 2005 © Tom Tarrant  St. Helens, Tasmania, Australia - Feb, 2006 © Arthur Grosset  St. Helens, Tasmania, Australia - Feb, 2006 © Arthur Grosset 
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Nc. Siberia, Japan, and Himalayas;
Two populations;
(1) Siberia, Sakhalin Is., the Kuril Is. and Japan.
Winters in e. China and s. to Australia (ex. ne. Western Australia, n. Northern Territory, c. to e. Queensland, c. and e. New South Wales (Sidney), Victoria, ex. se. South Australia and Tasmania.
(2) Himalayas of nw. Pakistan, n. India, sw. China and Taiwan.
Winters s. to India and Burma.


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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