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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Species (51)

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


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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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