Two birds flicking around.

Two birds flicking around.
Species: Rufous-backed Fantail   Rhipidura rufidorsa
Subspecies: kubuna
Author: Brian J. Coates
Added to IBC: 26 Sep 2012 - 09:49
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Altitude (m): 
21 meters


Published in HBW Volume 11 on page 206.
Original HBW caption:
Fantails are active, flockfollowing, pair-living birds. They are generally highly conspicuous, flicking around from side to side on their perches, cocking the tail, flashing it open to form a fan of feathers, and switching it from side to side. The striking visual effect of this behaviour is accentuated by bold markings, often involving white tipping to black rectrices, as seen in the Rufous-backed Fantail. Whether this behaviour and patterning is a signal between individuals, or perhaps a technique for flushing hidden insects while foraging, is not known.

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Birds of New Guinea
Including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville
All of the 943 species known to occur are covered, including the extraordinarily high total of 456 endemics, as well as 5 introduced species, 2 species yet to be formally described and a separate appendix with 75 vagrants. Subspecies are listed also to give a comprehensive overview of the remarkable regional avifauna.


Brian J. Coates, IBC1008030. Accessible at

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Brian J. Coates, IBC1008030. Photo of Rufous-backed Fantail Rhipidura rufidorsa at Brown River, New Guinea. Accessible at

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