French: Rhipidure à ventre roux German: Braunbauch-Fächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico ventrirrufo
G. R. Gray
Subspecies and Distribution
R. h. muelleri
A. B. Meyer, 1874 – W & C New Guinea E to Astrolabe Bay, S to Trans-Fly area and Okasa (Eastern Highlands); Yapen I.
R. h. hyperythra
G. R. Gray, 1858 – Aru Is.
R. h. castaneothorax
E. P. Ramsay, 1879 – SE New Guinea (E from Huon Peninsula and, in S, from Angabunga R).
14–15 cm; 10–11·5 g. Nominate race has face and upperparts dark bluish-grey, crown darker; short supercilium, line on ear-coverts and malar stripe white;... read more
Includes series of short rising and falling whistled notes; c. 8 short descending high-pitched... read more
Hill forest to c. 1370 m, locally to 1750 m; also in lowlands in vicinity of hills and locally in... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Forages mainly in more open middle strata, but ranges from lower to upper storeys. Prey obtained by means of flycatching (25... read more
Nest with eggs in mid-Sept, nestlings in late Apr, bird at nest in late Nov, juvenile mid-Sept, fledgling being fed early Dec, also nest... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common in most of range. Maximum abundance near upper limit of altitudinal range; rare and often absent in lowland floodplains.... read more
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