Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Swifts :: Silver-backed Needletail

Silver-backed Needletail Hirundapus cochinchinensis

Described by: Oustalet (1878)
Alternate common name(s): Rupchand's Needletail, White-vented Needletail, White-vented Spine-tailed Swift, Grey-throated Needletail, Gray-throated Needletail, Silver-vented Spinetail, Silver-vented Spinetailed Swift, Silver-backed Spinetail Silver-backed Spinetailed Swift
Old scientific name(s): Chaetura cochinchinensis


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Nepal to Taiwan.
Four widely separated populations;
(1) C. Nepal.
Winters in se. Asia s. to Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Java.
(2) E. Himalayas of ne. India, Burma and se. China (Mai Po Marshes, Hong Kong in the spring) and Indochina.
Winters in Sumatra and Java.
(3) Taiwan.
Wintering range unknown.


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


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