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Alternative names: Silver-rumped Spinetailed Swift; Silver-rumped Needletail

Photo by SeeToh
Taman Negara, Kuala Tahan, Malay Peninsula, April 2016
Rhaphidura leucopygialis


11 cm (4¼ in); Small size but robust with all blackish underparts, dark bluish gloss upperparts, prominent silvery-white lower back, rump and uppertail-coverts, short square-cut tail, very broad paddle-shaped wings and bare shafts (spines) extending from tail-tip.

Juvenile has less glossy underparts.


South-east Asia: found in southern Myanmar to Malay Peninsula, Greater Sundas and Bangka Island.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Broadleaved evergreen forests.


Roosts in large tree hollows in the emergent canopy.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2016)

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