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Forktails
Enicurus maculatus
 
Enicurus maculatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
 
Phylum: Chordata
 
Class: Aves
 
Order: Passeriformes
 
Family: Muscicapidae
 
Genus: Enicurus
Temminck, 1822
Species
See text.

The forktails are small insectivorous birds in the genus Enicurus. They were formerly in the thrush family Turdidae, but are more often now treated as part of the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae. Their name derives from their long forked tail.

These are southeast Asian forest species principally associated with mountain forests and streams. Most nest in rock crevices, laying 2-4 eggs.

Species

  • Little Forktail, Enicurus scouleri
    Sunda Forktail, Enicurus velatus
    Chestnut-naped Forktail, Enicurus ruficapillus
    Black-backed Forktail, Enicurus immaculatus
    Slaty-backed Forktail, Enicurus schistaceus
    White-crowned Forktail, Enicurus leschenaulti
    Spotted Forktail, Enicurus maculatus
Forktail is also the name of the journal of the Oriental Bird Club

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