You will probably get lots of replies. The
Spine-tailed Swift, is also known as White-throated Needletail (note
the spelling). It has the scientific name of Hirundapus
caudacutus and the bit about small spines projecting from its tail feathers
is also correct - nearly. Except it is not spines at all, it is just that the
web of the feathers finishes before the tip, so the quill extends beyond the
web. So that bit is OK.
However it is most definitely NOT a member of
the Kingfisher family (one could say, which Kingfisher family, there
being two) of birds (on even the Kingfisher order of birds, Order
Coraciiformes) nor even remotely close in appearance or lifestyle to any
Kingfisher (although the Bee-eaters that are in the same order but not family as
Kingfishers at least share with swifts the lifestyle of being aerial hunters of
insects). The White-throated Needletail is a swift (Order Apodiformes) and
no doubt Encyclopaedia Britannica already has a good article about swifts.
It should not be hard to find a photo of it. There are any number of
photos of it (though few good ones of live wild birds).
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