Order Passeriformes

Family Rhipiduridae

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  • Small-bodied passerines with long tail rounded to strongly graduated, fan-shaped when spread; wings tapered; rather broad triangular bill flattened at base and with small hook at tip, double row of rictal bristles, moderately long legs; plumage mainly drab brown, rufous, white, grey or black, or various combinations of these, two species with blue and one with yellow.
  • Oriental and Australasian Regions and south-west Pacific islands.
  • Forest, especially rainforest, one species also in open habitats and urban areas.
  • 11-21 cm.
  • 3 genera, 65 species, 151 taxa.
  • 4 species threatened;
    2 subspecies extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2019). Fantails (Rhipiduridae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52324 on 11 December 2019).