|Papuan Spine-tailed Swift|
|Common Name||Papuan Needletail, New Guinea Spine-tailed Swift and Papua Spinetail|
The Papuan spine-tailed swift (Mearnsia novaeguineae), also known as the Papuan needletail, New Guinea spine-tailed swift or Papua spinetail, is a species of 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.
Forest edges, gardens and cleared areas with standing dead trees.
Nests in a high tree hollows.
Common and widespread species assessed as being of Least Concern.