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The Papuan Needletails (Mearnsia novaeguineae), also known as the Papuan Spine-tailed Swift, 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.
Forest edges, gardens, and cleared areas with standing dead trees.
Papuan Needletails Nests in high tree hollows.
Widespread species assessed as being of Least Concern
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