Friday, June 20, 2014
Creature Feature #244: Forktail
Forktails are small insectivorous birds related to the Old World Flycatchers. They are comprised of seven species spread across Southeast Asia and characterised by their forked tail. This fellow, the chesnut-naped, inhabits sub-tropical and tropical forest. Most associate closely with waterways, where they flit from rock to rock snapping up insects and their larvae.Although shy in nature, he has been observed eating small snakes. He is threatened by habitat loss due to deforestation, but can survive in secondary forest if the need arises.