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FANTAILS

Order Passeriformes  Family Rhipiduridae

These fantails have long tails that are fan-shaped when spread in display. Most are aerial feeders that feed on insects. The bills of fantails are typical for aerial insect eating birds, being flat and triangular. Fantails originated in Australasia, but there are now many species in Indonesia and the Philippines. There are also species in southern China and on the Indian subcontinet.

The Rhipiduridae fantails are not related to the fantails of family Motacillidae.  


Genus Chaetorhynchus - 1 species

Drongo,_Pygmy also  Pygmy Drongo-Fantail  Chaetorhynchus papuensis  Found: New Guinea
The Pygmy Drongo is not a member of the drongo family, thus a more appropriate name is Pygmy Drongo-Fantail. It has sooty-black plumage; slightly hooked upper mandible; dark brown eyes; black bill, legs.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Geoff Jones



Genus Lamprolia - 1 species

Silktail   Lamprolia victoriae  Found: Fiji
The male Silktail has mainly glossy black plumage; silky white patch on both rump and tail; black margin on tail; dark eyes.. Female similar but less glossy. The Silktail has been placed in various families. It is now thought to be the closest relative of the Pygmy Drongo.
Image by: 1) John_Gerrard_Keulemans  2) Tom_Tarrant


Genus Rhipidura

Fantail,_Arafura  Rhipidura dryas  Found: Australasia
The Arafura has gray-brown mantle, crown; rufous remainder upperparts; white chin, throat; black breast-band; white belly; light cinnamon flanks, under-tail coverts; black bill.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Geoff_Whalan - Northern Territory  3) Francesco_Veronesi


Fantail,_Bismarck  Rhipidura dahli  Found: New Guinea
The male Bismarck Fantail has rufous-brown mantle; rufous-chestnut rest of underparts; dusky gray-brown head with streaked white supercilium and moustachial patch ;gray-buff throat; buff underparts sometimes with rufous wash; black bill with pale base; pale blue-gray legs. Female has paler crown, ear-coverts and throat.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) hbw.com


Fantail,_Black  Rhipidura atra  Found: New Guinea
The male Black Fantail mainly black plumage; dark brown eyes; black bill, legs. Female has rufous upperparts; darker crown; black central tail feather, remaining rufous; rusty-orange underparts.
Image by: 1, 2) Katerina_Tvardikova


Fantail,_Black-and-Cinnamon  Rhipidura nigrocinnamomea  Found: Philippines
The Black-and-Cinnamon Fantail has cinnamon upperparts; paler underparts; black head, neck; bold white supercilium.
Image by: 1) Francesco_Veronesi  2) Koji_Tagi


Fantail,_Black_Thicket-  Rhipidura maculipectus  Found: New Guinea
The Thicket-Fantails are: Black Thicket-Famtail, Sooty-Thicket Fantail, White-bellied Thicket-Fantail.
The Black Thicket-Fantail has dark upperparts; black head; white supercilium; black tail with white tip; white throat; black breas-band with white spots; white lower-breast, sooty belly.
Image by: 1, 2) Katerina_Tvardikova


Fantail,_Blue-headed  Rhipidura cyaniceps  Found: Philippines (Luzon and Catanduanes)
The Tablas Fantail and Visayan Fantail are also considered to be conspecific with the Blue-headed Fantail (Rhipidura cyaniceps).
Image by: 1) Yann_Muzika  2) Ely_Teehankee  3) Francesco_Veronesi


Fantail,_Brown  Rhipidura drownei  Found: Solomon Islands
The Brown Fantail has gray-brown upperparts; brown wings; tail lighter brown; gray head; white streaked side of forehead; whitish-gray throat; gray underparts with ochre wash.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) hbw.com


Fantail,_Brown-capped  Rhipidura diluta  Found: Indonesia
Image by: 1) Simon_van_der_Meulen  2) James_Easton


Fantail,_Chestnut-bellied  Rhipidura hyperythra  Found: New Guinea
The Chestnut-bellied Fantail has dark bluish-gray upperparts, face; crown darker; short white supercilium; dark gray tail; white chin; black throat; rufous or chestnut underparts.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Geoff_Jones


Fantail,_Cinnamon-tailed  Rhipidura fuscorufa  Found: Banda Sea Islands of Indonesia
Image by: 1) Joseph_Smit  2) James_Eaton - Indonesia


Fantail,_Cokerell's  Rhipidura cockerelli  Found: Solomon Islands
The Cokerell's Fantail has black upperparts, head, wings, tail; short white eye-brow; black chin and breast with elongated white spots; white belly; black bill, legs.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Brian_Field


Fantail,_Diomorphic Rhipidura brachyrhyncha  Found: New Guinea
The Diomorphic Fantail has brown head, mantle; rufous remaining upperparts; dark brown upper-wing; brownish of buffy-gray throat; buffy-rufous belly.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) mikko_pyhala


Fantail,_Dusky  Rhipidura tenebrosa  Found: Solomon Islands
Image by: 1) hbw.com


Fantail,_Friendly  Rhipidura albolimbata  Found: New Guinea
The Friendly Fantail has sooty black upperparts; back grayer; white stripe above eye extending towards bill; white throat; gray underparts.
Image by: 1, 2, 3) Katerina_Tvardikova  4) Jerry_Oldenettel


Fantail, Gray  Rhipidura albiscapa Found: Australia
Image by:   1, 3) JJ Harrison - Tasmania, Australia  2, 4) David Cook - Rocky Hall, NSW, Australia


Fantail,_Kadavu  Rhipidura personata  Found: Kadavu Islands of Fiji
Image by: 1) Josep_del_Hoyo


Fantail,_Long-tailed  Rhipidura opistherythra  Found: Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia
Image by: 1) James Eaton


Fantail,_Malaysian_Pied-  Rhipidura javanica  Found: southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia
The Malaysian Pied-Fantail has blackish upperparts; black head; white tips on some tail feathers; white throat; black breast; white belly.
Image by: 1) Melvin_Yap  2) Michael_MK_Khor  3) Yusoff_Ahmad  4)Johnny Wee  


Fantail,_Mangrove  Rhipidura phasiana  Found: Australia, New Guinea
The Mangrove Fantail has light gray upperparts; brown-gray tail; short white supercilium; whitish short supercilium; narrow ill-defined gray breast-band; pale buff remaining underparts.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Werner_Witte

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Fantail,_Manus  Rhipidura semirubra  Found: Admiralty Islands of Papua New Guinea
The Manus Fantail has bright cinnamon-red upperparts; dark sooty-gray ear coverts to lores; white cheeks, throat; black upper-breast; whitish lower-breast, belly.
Image by: 1) Joseph_Smit


Fantail,_Massau  Rhipidura matthiae  Found: St. Matthias Islands of Papua New Guinea.
The Massau Fantail has reddish-rufous upperparts; black head with white forehead patch; broad white malar stripe; black breast; white belly; brown flanks.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) hbw.com


Fantail,_Mindanao_Blue-  Rhipidura superciliaris  Found: Philippines
The Mindanao Blue-Fantail and Visayan Blue-Fantail are also consider to be the same species.
Image by: 1) Francesco_Veronesi 2) Benedict_De_Laender


Fantail,_New_Zealand  Rhipidura fuliginosa  Found: New Zealand
The New Zealand Fantail dark gray or gray-brown upperparts; white throat; yellowish/orange underparts.
Image by: 1, 2) Nga_Manu_Images


Fantail,_Northern  Rhipidura rufiventris  Found: Australasia
Image by: 1, 2) Katerina_Tvardikova  3) Lip Kee Yap - Northern Territory, Australia 4) David Cook - Ingham, Queensland, Australia


Fantail,_Palau  Rhipidura lepida  Found: Palau (some area as Indonesia and Philippines)
Image by: 1) DevonPike


Fantail,_Philippine_Pied-  Yusoff_Ahmad  Found: Philippine Islands and Sulu Archipelago
The Philippine Pied-Fantail has blackish upperparts; black head; white supercilium; white tips on some tail feathers; white throat; black breast; white belly.
Image by: 1, 2) Patrick_Randall


Fantail,_Rennell  Rhipidura rennelliana  Found: Forests of Rennell (se Solomon Islands)
Image by: 1) hbw.com


Fantail, Rufous   Rhipidura rufifrons  Found: Australia
Image by: 1, 2, 3) David Cook - Goodenia Rainforest, South-East Forests National Park, NSW and Rocky Hall, NSW Australia


Fantail,_Rufous-backed  Rhipidura rufidorsa  Found: New Guinea
The Rufous-backed Fantail rufous upperparts; gray head, nape; rufous wing-coverts; whitish throat; mottled gray and buff underparts.
Image by: 1, 2) Katerina_Tvardikova


Fantail,_Rufous-tailed  Rhipidura phoenicura  Found: Java of Indonesia
Image by: 1, 2) Lip_kee  3) Boas_Emmanuel


Fantail,_Rusty-bellied  also  Rusty-flanked Fantail  Rhipidura teysmanni  Found: Sulawesi in Indonesia
Image by: 1, 2) Ariefrahman  3) Francesco_Veronesi


Fantail,_Samoan  Rhipidura nebulosa  Found: Samoa
Image by: 1) Ryan_Francis


Fantail,_Sooty_Thicket-  Rhipidura threnothorax  Found: New Guinea
The Thicket-Fantails are: Black Thicket-Famtail, Sooty-Thicket Fantail, White-bellied Thicket-Fantail.
The Sooty Thicket-Fantail has dark brown or olive-brown upperparts, crown; blackish-brown side of head; white supercilium; dusky wings; white throat; black breast with white spots; black bill, legs.
Image by: 1, 2, 3) Katerina_Tvardikova


Fantail,_Spot-breasted also White-spotted Fantail  Rhipidura albogularis  Found: India
The Spot-breasted Fantail has slate-gray upperparts; white supercilium, throat; black eye-mask; gray breast- with white spots; white belly.
Image by: 1) Koshy_Koshy  2) Aron_Ray


Fantail,_Spotted  Rhipidura perlata  Found: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
Image by: 1) Mike_Prince - Borneo


Fantail,_Streak-breasted  Rhipidura dedemi  Found: southern Maluku Islands of Indonesia
Image by: 1) Dubi_Shapiro


Fantail,_Streaked  Rhipidura verreauxi  Found: Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu
Image by: 1) John_Gerrard_Keulemans  2) Tom_Tarrant - Fiji


Fantail,_Tablas  Rhipidura sauli  Found: Philippines (Tablas)
The Tablas Fantail and Visayan Fantail are also considered to be conspecific with the Blue-headed Fantail (Rhipidura cyaniceps).
Image by: 1) Marc_Thibault  2) Jon_Hornbuckle


Fantail,_Tawny-backed  Rhipidura superflua  Found: Maluku Islands of Indonesia
The Tawny-backed Fantail has tawny mantle, crown; white throat; narrow black breast-band.
Image by: 1) Michael_Poulsen  2) James_Eaton


Fantail,_Visayan  Rhipidura albiventris  Found: Philippines (Guimaras, Masbate, Negros, Panay and Ticao)
The Tablas Fantail and Visayan Fantail are also considered to be conspecific with the Blue-headed Fantail (Rhipidura cyaniceps).
Image by: 1) Yann_Muzika  2) Leif_Gabrielsen


Fantail,_Visayan_Blue-  Rhipidura samarensis  Found: Philippines
The Mindanao Blue-Fantail and Visayan Blue-Fantail are also consider to be the same species.
Image by: 1) Jon_Hornbuckle  2) Micky Lim


Fantail,_White-bellied  Rhipidura euryura  Found: Indonesia
Image by: 1) Janos_Olah  2) Yann_Muzika


Fantail,_White-bellied_Thicket-  Rhipidura leucothorax  Found: New Guinea
The Thicket-Fantails are: Black Thicket-Famtail, Sooty-Thicket Fantail, White-bellied Thicket-Fantail.
The White-bellied Thicket-Fantail has brown back, crown; blackish wings; black tail with white tips; black chin; large white patch on throat side; black upper-breast;mottled black and white lower-breast ; white belly; gray-brown flanks; black upper-mandible; pale pink lower mandible.
Image by: 1, 2) Katerina_Tvardikova


Fantail,_White-browed  Rhipidura aureola  Found: Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia
The White-browed Fantail has dark brown upperparts; white spots on wings; white underparts; broad white supercilium extends to forehead.
Image by: 1) JM_Garg  2) Thimindu_Goonatillake


Fantail,_White-throated  Rhipidura albicollis  Found: southern Asia, Indonesia
The White-throated Fantail has white supercilium, throat; black eye-mask.
Image by: 1) Antony_Grossy  2, 3) Ravivaidya


Wagtail, Willy also Willie Wagtail  Rhipidura leucophrys Found: Australia
Image by: 1, 2, 3) Dick Daniels near Melbourne  4) Charlie Westerinen - Australia




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