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

Brown-backed Needletail Hirundapus giganteus

Described by: Temminck (1825)
Alternate common name(s): Brown Needletail, Brown Spine-tailed Swift, Giant Needletail, Brown-throated Spinetail, Brown-throated Spinetailed Swift
Old scientific name(s): Hirundapus gigantea, Chaetura gigantea


St. Pauls Subterranean River National Park, Palawan, Philippines - Mar, 2007 © Mark Harper 
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Sw. India. Se. Asia, Greater Sundas, and w. Philippines;
Two widely separated populations with the e. population highly fragmented;
(1) Sw. and e. India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, ne. Laos, s. Vietnam and Malaya and the Andaman Is.
(2) Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Bali, Borneo and Palawan.


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


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