Spotted Forktail

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names


Native Habitat

Forest streams, road side canals


Aquatic insects, molluscs


Spotted Forktail

Enicurus maculatus

It is found in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. Features: 25 cm with long tail. Sexes alike. White forehead, fore crown; black crown,nape;black back spotted white; broad, white wing-bar, rump; deeply forked, graduated black and white tail; black till breast, white below. The white spotted back easily identifies this species from other similar sized fork-tails in the Himalaya. Solitary or in scattered pairs; active bird, moving on mossy boulders at water's edge or in mid- stream; long, forked tail gracefully swayed, almost always kept horizontal; flies low over streams, calling; sometimes rests in shade of forest; commonly seen bird of the Himalaya. Voice: shrill, screechy KREE call, mostly in flight; also some shrill, squeaky notes on perch.

Regional Names
  • Nepali:
    थोप्ले खोलेधोबिनी
  • Spanish:
    Torrentero moteado
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Enicurus maculatus