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Bornean forktail

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Aves
Family  Muscicapidae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Passeriformes
Genus  Enicurus
Similar  Bornean leafbird, Chestnut‑hooded laughingthrush, Bornean whistling thrush, White‑crowned forktail, Mountain blackeye

Bornean forktail

The Bornean forktail (Enicurus borneensis) is a small, black and white bird, with a long and deeply forked tail, in the Old World flycatcher family. It is endemic to the Southeast Asian island of Borneo, where it occupies streamside habitats in montane primary forest.


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It is closely related to the very similar white-crowned forktail (Enicurus leschenaulti) of which it is sometimes considered a subspecies, and from which it was split because of:

  • a recognizably different type of mitochondrial DNA
  • the reduced extent of the white forehead shield, which does not cover the crown
  • its larger size and longer tail with four, rather than five, white tail patches
  • different calls
  • different habitat, with the Bornean forktail replacing the lowland dwelling white-crowned forktail in the mountains and in submontane areas.
  • References

    Bornean forktail Wikipedia

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