French: Rhipidure dimorphe German: Gebirgsfächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico dimorfo
Arfak Mountains, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
R. b. brachyrhyncha
Schlegel, 1871 – Arfak Mts, in NW New Guinea.
R. b. devisi
North, 1898 – mountains of C & E New Guinea (including Foja and Huon Peninsula).
15–16·5 cm; 9–10 g. Occurs as two plumage morphs, differing chiefly in colour of tail; mated pairs may comprise both morphs. Dark morph has head side, crown and... read more
Song 2 high-pitched, rather slow notes followed by 7 rapidly uttered, descending tinkling notes;... read more
Montane forest, particularly stunted moss forest, generally avoiding secondary growth; occupies... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Feeds in middle and lower storeys and to lesser extent in undergrowth, c. 0·5–2·5 m above ground, sometimes to 6 m, moving... read more
A nest found on Mt Hagen, Papua New Guinea, contained one egg in Nov; nest was cup-shaped, with no ‘tail’, and was composed... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common. Predominance of morphs varies geographically: e.g. mainly or all dark in Wahgi Mts and Schrader Range, and... read more
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