Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

Blue-headed Fantail (Rhipidura cyaniceps)


Taxonomy

French: Rhipidure à tête bleue German: Graukopf-Fächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico cabeciazul de Luzón
Taxonomy:

Muscipeta cyaniceps

Cassin

, 1855,

Mount Makiling, Luzon, Philippines

.

Until recently treated as conspecific with R. sauli and R. albiventris (see those two species). Molecular evidence#R suggests that race pinicola may be invalid; further study of scarce specimen material required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. c. pinicola Parkes, 1958 – NW Luzon (S to Bataan), in N Philippines.
  • R. c. cyaniceps (Cassin, 1855) – NE, C & S Luzon and Catanduanes.
  • Descriptive notes

    18 cm; 10–17·5 g (nominate), 10–18·5 g (pinicola). Nominate race has head and mantle greyish blue, feather shafts paler blue, remaining... read more

    Voice

    Call during foraging a sharp, metallic, staccato “chip-chip-chip-chip chip chip”, slowing towards... read more

    Habitat

    Variety of wooded habitats, from primary forest, particularly oak and pine, and forest edge to... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, captured in short sallies. Feeds from understorey to 15 m. Joins mixed-species foraging flocks.

    Breeding

    Breeding activity and birds with enlarged gonads in Feb–May; eggs in Apr and nestlings in third and fourth weeks of May. Nest a small... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Luzon EBA. Common in most of range. This fantail has a large range extending across some... read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Blue-headed Fantail (Rhipidura cyaniceps). 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/59142 on 6 December 2019).