Rhipiduridae – Fantails

Rufous Fantail by Ian

Rufous Fantail by Ian

But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; (Job 12:7 ESV)


CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Rhipiduridae – Fantails


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Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (52)

Rhipidura
Mindanao Blue Fantail (Rhipidura superciliaris)
Visayan Blue Fantail (Rhipidura samarensis)
Blue-headed Fantail (Rhipidura cyaniceps)
Tablas Fantail (Rhipidura sauli)
Visayan Fantail (Rhipidura albiventris)
White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis)
White-spotted Fantail (Rhipidura albogularis)
White-bellied Fantail (Rhipidura euryura)
White-browed Fantail (Rhipidura aureola)
Malaysian Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
Philippine Pied Fantail (Rhipidura nigritorquis)
Spotted Fantail (Rhipidura perlata)
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)
Brown-capped Fantail (Rhipidura diluta)
Cinnamon-tailed Fantail (Rhipidura fuscorufa)
Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris)
Cockerell’s Fantail (Rhipidura cockerelli)
Sooty Thicket Fantail (Rhipidura threnothorax)
Black Thicket Fantail (Rhipidura maculipectus)
White-bellied Thicket Fantail (Rhipidura leucothorax)
Black Fantail (Rhipidura atra)
Chestnut-bellied Fantail (Rhipidura hyperythra)
Friendly Fantail (Rhipidura albolimbata)
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)
New Zealand Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)
Mangrove Fantail (Rhipidura phasiana)
Brown Fantail (Rhipidura drownei)
Makira Fantail (Rhipidura tenebrosa)
Rennell Fantail (Rhipidura rennelliana)
Streaked Fantail (Rhipidura verreauxi)
Kadavu Fantail (Rhipidura personata)
Samoan Fantail (Rhipidura nebulosa)
Rufous-tailed Fantail (Rhipidura phoenicura)
Black-and-cinnamon Fantail (Rhipidura nigrocinnamomea)
Dimorphic Fantail (Rhipidura brachyrhyncha)
Palau Fantail (Rhipidura lepida)
Streak-breasted Fantail (Rhipidura dedemi)
Tawny-backed Fantail (Rhipidura superflua)
Sulawesi Fantail (Rhipidura teysmanni)
Taliabu Fantail (Rhipidura sulaensis)
Long-tailed Fantail (Rhipidura opistherythra)
Rufous-backed Fantail (Rhipidura rufidorsa)
Bismarck Fantail (Rhipidura dahli)
Mussau Fantail (Rhipidura matthiae)
Malaita Fantail (Rhipidura malaitae)
Manus Fantail (Rhipidura semirubra)
Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons)
Pohnpei Fantail (Rhipidura kubaryi)
Arafura Fantail (Rhipidura dryas)
Lamprolia
Taveuni Silktail (Lamprolia victoriae)
Natewa Silktail (Lamprolia klinesmithi)
Chaetorhynchus
Drongo Fantail (Chaetorhynchus papuensis)

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Fantails are small insectivorous birds of Australasia, Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent belonging to the genus Rhipidura in the family Rhipiduridae. Most of the species are about 15 to 18 cm long, specialist aerial feeders, and named as “fantails”, but the Australian Willie Wagtail, is a little larger, and though still an expert hunter of insects on the wing, concentrates equally on terrestrial prey.

The fantails are small bodied (11.5–21 cm long) birds with long tails; in some species the tail is longer than the body and in most the tail is longer than the wing. When the tail is folded it is rounded at the end, but when spread in display or aerial foraging it has a characteristic fan shape that gives the family its name. (Wikipedia)

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