White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus
White-throated Needletail, St Helens, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image St Helens, Tasmania Australia
February 2006

The White-throated Needletail breeds in Siberia and through eastern Asia to the Himalayas and Japan while some spend the austral summer in eastern Australia. They arrive in October and leave by mid-April.

White-throated Needletail, St Helens, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image It is a large, long-winged and short-tailed swift which is very powerful and fast. The squarish tail has small, needle-like shafts extending to about 6mm. The forehead, throat and under-tail coverts are white and the back has a large brown patch which becomes white in the middle.
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