Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Near Threatened

Cinnamon-tailed Fantail (Rhipidura fuscorufa)


French: Rhipidure brun-roux German: Zimtbauch-Fächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico colicanela

Rhipidura fusco-rufa

P. L. Sclater

, 1883,

Larat, Molu and Lutur, Tanimbar Islands


In past, often considered conspecific with R. rufiventris (which see). Birds of Babar I show marked vocal differences from those in Tanimbar Is, suggesting that they may represent an undescribed taxon#R, although no plumage or mensural differences discernible in seven specimens in AMNH; study needed. Monotypic.


Babar I and Tanimbar Archipelago (Larat, Yamdena, Lutur, Mutu, Selaru), in E Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

18 cm. Has thin white supercilium, brown or olive-brown upperparts, crown and face duskier; upperwing brown to olive-brown, secondaries and wing-coverts edged with cinnamon-... read more


Song of short, discordant, whistled notes, with single high-pitched “cheep”... read more


Forest, forest edge and mangroves.

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages at middle levels up to canopy, occasionally in lower strata. Active. Prey captured by flycatching and hover-gleaning.... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Banda Sea Islands EBA. Common within very small range. In Tanimbars,... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2020). Cinnamon-tailed Fantail (Rhipidura fuscorufa). 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 24 January 2020).