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.
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.
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.
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.
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.