Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

Bismarck Fantail (Rhipidura dahli)


French: Rhipidure des Bismarck German: Graukehl-Fächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico de las Bismarck

Rhipidura dahli


, 1897,

Ralum, New Britain


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. d. dahli Reichenow, 1897 – Umboi I and New Britain, in Bismarck Archipelago.
  • R. d. antonii E. J. O. Hartert, 1926 – New Ireland, in Bismarck Archipelago.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14·5 cm. Male nominate race has eyebrow and moustachial streak white, crown and side of head dusky grey-brown, becoming rufous-brown on mantle; rest of upperparts... read more


    Song a squeaky “swit-tootectootoowi”, last syllable rising in pitch; repeated single metallic note.


    High-altitude montane forest; lower limits 750 m on Umboi, c. 530 m in New Britain. Also locally in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Frequents dense growth from substage to canopy. Prey captured by flycatching. Joins mixed-species foraging flocks with other small... read more


    Adults with fledgling in Dec in New Britain. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in New Britain and New Ireland EBA. Locally common in New Britain at higher altitudes, but apparently scarcer at... read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2019). Bismarck Fantail (Rhipidura dahli). 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 16 December 2019).