Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

Black-and-cinnamon Fantail (Rhipidura nigrocinnamomea)


French: Rhipidure noir et roux German: Mindanaofächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico rojinegro

Rhipidura nigrocinnamomea

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1903,

Mount Apo, 8000 feet [c. 2440 m], Mindanao, Philippines


Races appear to form two different clades, but genetic structure shallow, taxonomic sampling limited, and plumage differences possibly clinal, so more research needed#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. n. hutchinsoni Mearns, 1907 – mountains of N, W & E Mindanao, in S Philippines.
  • R. n. nigrocinnamomea E. J. O. Hartert, 1903 – mountains of S Mindanao.
  • Descriptive notes

    16 cm; 10·5–14·5 g. Nominate race has black head, white supercilia meeting on forehead; back and rump cinnamon; remiges black, edged with cinnamon, wing-coverts and... read more


    Call a sharp “squeek” or “chiick”, like sound of squeaky toy.


    Mid-montane and montane forest; recorded at 991–1219 m on Mt Mangabon, 1219–1935 m on... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Forages in understorey, to 15 m. Joins mixed-species feeding flocks.


    Birds with enlarged gonads in Jan–May. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Common to very common within tiny global range.

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2018). Black-and-cinnamon Fantail (Rhipidura nigrocinnamomea). 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 18 October 2018).