Enicurus leschenaulti Hartert, 1909, Assam. OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Leschenault's forktail; French: Enicure de Leschenault; German: Weissscheitel-Scherenschwanz; Spanish: Enicurino de Corona Blanca.
11 in (28 cm); 1.8-1.9 oz (50-55 g). Black mantle and breast with white from bill to nape. Wings are dark with white bar; tail is banded black and white. Rump and abdomen white, legs pinkish, and bill black.
Northeast India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Indochina.
Fast-flowing streams and rivers, sometimes tiny rivulets in dense evergreen forest.
Perches on rocks and stumps in or beside streams and waterfalls, sometimes on forest tracks, constantly bobbing long tail up and down and flicking it open; sometimes pursues insects in hovering flight, also submerges in water and walks on river bottom.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Aquatic insects and their larvae.
Monogamous; breeds April-June; nest of moss, leaves and rootlets, in overgrown bank, rocks or boulders; three or four eggs.
Not threatened. Fairly common and secure.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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