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Papuan Needletail

Mearnsia novaeguineae (D'Albertis & Salvadori, 1879)

The Papuan Spine-tailed Swift (Mearnsia novaeguineae), also known as the Papuan Needletail, New Guinea Spine-tailed Swift or Papua Spinetail, is a small (11.5 cm in length), stocky swift with a short, rounded tail and very fast flight. Head and upperparts glossy blue-black, white or whitish belly and undertail coverts, dark underwing with pale central stripe. The small spines at the end of the tail are not visible in flight. Source: Wikipedia

Order:
  Apodiformes
Family:
  Apodidae
Genus:
  Mearnsia

Scientific:
  Mearnsia novaeguineae

Citation:
  (D'Albertis & Salvadori, 1879)

Reference:
  Ann.Mus.Civ.Stor.Nat.Genova 14 p.55

Protonym:
  Chaetura novaeguineae

Avibase ID:
  BC8996E20DC6AA2A

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/BC8996E2

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 554976

Geographic range:

  • Mearnsia novaeguineae novaeguineae: southern New Guinea; identity of populations on the Bird's Head not determined, possibly this subspecies
  • Mearnsia novaeguineae buergersi: northern New Guinea (northwestern lowlands east at least to the Sepik-Ramu basin, perhaps to the Huon Gulf)
English:
Papuan Needletail
Czech:
rorýs papuánský
German:
Papuasegler
Danish:
Papuatornhalesejler
Spanish:
Vencejo papúa
Finnish:
papuankiitäjä
French:
Martinet papou
Italian:
Rondone codaspinosa papua
Japanese:
papuaharioamatsubame
Japanese:
パプアハリオアマツバメ
Dutch:
Nieuw-Guinese Gierzwaluw
Norwegian:
Papuaseiler
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Papuaseglar
Polish:
krótkosternik nowogwinejski
Russian:
Папуасский иглохвост
Slovak:
srp papuánsky
Swedish:
papuataggstjärtseglare
Ukrainian:
Голкохвіст новогвінейський
Chinese:
新几内亚雨燕


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 00:
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Birdlife checklist version 01:
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Birdlife checklist version 02:
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Birdlife checklist version 03:
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Birdlife checklist version 04:
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Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
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Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
Papuan Spinetail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
Papuan Spinetail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
Papuan Spinetail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
Papuan Spinetail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
Papuan Spinetail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
Papuan Spinetail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Christidis and Boles (2008): Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds:
Papuan Spine-tailed Swift ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Martinet papou ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Martinet papou ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Clements 1st edition:
New Guinea Spinetail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Clements 3rd edition:
New Guinea Spinetail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Clements 4th edition:
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (as published):
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2001 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2002 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2003 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2004 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2005 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition:
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Clements, version 2015:
Papuan Spinetailed Swift ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Clements, version 2016:
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Clements, version 2017:
Papuan Spinetailed Swift ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Clements, version 2018:
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Clements, version 2019:
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eBird version 1.50:
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eBird version 1.52:
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eBird version 1.53:
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eBird version 1.54:
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eBird version 1.55:
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
eBird version 2015:
Papuan Spinetailed Swift ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
eBird version 2016:
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eBird version 2017:
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eBird version 2018:
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eBird version 2019:
Papuan Spinetailed Swift ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
New Guinea Spinetailed Swift ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
New Guinea Spinetailed Swift ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
Papuan Spinetailed Swift ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
Papuan Spinetailed Swift ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 5):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
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Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
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Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
Papuan Spinetailed Swift ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
Papuan Spinetail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
Papuan Spinetail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
Papuan Spinetail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
Papuan Spinetail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
Papuan Spinetail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.6:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.7:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.0:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.6:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.7:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.8:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.9:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.10:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.11:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2:
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Morony, Bock and Farrand:
Papuan Spine-tailed Swift ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
James Lee Peters:
Mearnsia novaeguineae [version 1]
James Lee Peters (original):
Mearnsia novaeguineae [version 1]
James Lee Peters (2nd edition):
Mearnsia novaeguineae [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
Papuan Needletail ( Mearnsia novaeguineae) [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Mearnsia novaeguineae [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Mearnsia novaeguineae [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species

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Catalan: Falciot cuaespinós de Nova Guinea
Czech: Rorýs papuánský
Danish: Papuatornhalesejler
German: Papua Segler, Papuasegler
English: Gray-bellied Needletail, Gray-bellied Spine-tail, Gray-bellied Spine-tailed Swift, Grey-bellied Needletail, Grey-bellied Spine-tail, Grey-bellied Spine-tailed Swift, New Guinea Spinetail, New Guinea Spine-tail, New Guinea Spinetailed Swift, New Guinea Spine-tailed Swift, New Guinea Swift, Papuan Needletail, Papuan Spinetail, Papuan Spine-tail, Papuan Spinetail Swift, Papuan Spinetailed Swift, Papuan Spine-tailed Swift
English (IOC): Papuan Spine-tailed Swift
Spanish: Rabitojo de Nueva Guinea, Vencejo Papú, Vencejo papúa
Spanish (Spain): Vencejo papúa
Spanish (HBW): Papuan Spinetailed Swift
Estonian: paapua kammsaba
Finnish: Papuankiitäjä
French: Martinet papou
Hungarian: pápua sarlósfecske
Indonesian: Kapinisjarum Papua, Kapinis-jarum papua
Italian: Rondone codaspinosa della Nuova Guinea, Rondone codaspinosa papua
Japanese: papuaharioamatsubame
Japanese: パプアハリオアマツバメ
Scientific: Chaetura novaeguineae, Mearnsia novaeguineae, Mearnsia novaeguineae novaeguineae
Lithuanian: Papuasinė mearnsija
Dutch: Nieuwguinese Gierzwaluw, Nieuw-Guinese Gierzwaluw
Norwegian Nynorsk: Papuaseglar
Norwegian: Papuaseiler
Polish: krótkosternik nowogwinejski
Russian: Папуанский иглохвост, Папуасский иглохвост, Стриж иглохвостый папуасский
Slovak: srp papuánsky
Serbian: Papuanska iglorepa čiopa
Swedish: Papuansk taggstjärtseglare, papuataggstjärtseglare
Ukrainian: Голкохвіст новогвінейський
Chinese: 新几内亚雨燕
Chinese (Traditional): 新幾內亞刺尾雨燕

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