Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

Biak Fantail (Rhipidura kordensis)


French: Rhipidure de Biak German: Biakfächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico de Biak

Rhipidura kordensis

A. B. Meyer

, 1874,

Kordo, Biak Island


One of several taxa recently split from R. rufiventris#R (which see). Differs from all other taxa in that complex by various characters in unique combination: white throat; plain black breastband; white belly to vent; blackish upperparts; and rather short, notably graduated tail. Differs in particular from geographically closest representative of rufiventris complex, R. isura race gularis, in its black vs grey breastband (3); white vs pale tan belly to vent (2); darker upperparts (1); much shorter tail (at least 2); and rather divergent song (2)#R. Differs from its morphologically closest representative, R. obiensis, in characters given under that species. Monotypic.

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Biak I (Geelvink Bay), in NW New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

17 cm. Male has short white supercilium from rear lores to above eye; forehead and lores to crown, nape, cheeks and neck-sides black, upperparts blackish; remiges black with... read more


Poorly known. Song is a series of 4–5 fairly long, typically gradually descending whistles. Has... read more


Forest and forest edge. Somewhat restricted to deep secondgrowth and original forest near mangrove... read more

Food and feeding

Small invertebrates. No further information; behaviour probably little different from that of R. isura.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to a single island in the Geelvink Islands EBA. This species has a small range, restricted to the... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Biak Fantail (Rhipidura kordensis). 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 on 21 November 2019).