Motacilla samveasnae Duckworth et al., 2001, Cambodia. OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Bergeronnette de Mekong; German: Mekongstelze; Spanish: Lavandera Mekong.
6.7-6.9 in (17-17.5 cm). Black head, breast, and upperparts with white eye stripe, underside, and chin to throat.
Mekong River and tributaries in Cambodia and adjacent east Thailand and south Laos, possibly also Vietnam.
Breeding habitat is swift-flowing rivers at braided channels with rocks and bushes.
Territorial when breeding. Possibly resident; almost no observations outside breeding season.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Insectivorous; often forages within emergent bushes, walking along branches.
Monogamous; breeds February through May, late in river's low-flow season. No other information available.
Should be considered Near Threatened. Although its population density is locally high, it has a very restricted range and is permanently at risk of extinction by habitat loss. The greatest threat is dam-building; flow-modifying events, even in other countries and far upstream of its known range, could drastically affect its habitat.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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