Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

Fiji Streaked Fantail (Rhipidura layardi)


French: Rhipidure des Fidji German: Fidschi-Fleckenfächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico moteado de Fiyi

Rhipidura layardi


, 1877,



Hitherto treated as conspecific with R. verreauxi, R. spilodera and R. rufilateralis, but differs from first two in characters given under R. spilodera, and has shortest song with fewest notes (at least 2); see also R. rufilateralis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. l. layardi Salvadori, 1877 – W Fiji Is (Viti Levu, Ovalau).
  • R. l. erythronota Sharpe, 1879 – N Fiji (Vanua Levu and neighbouring islands).
  • Descriptive notes

    17 cm; 11·5–15 g. Nominate race has dark greyish-brown head, white supercilium, short white line behind orbit; upperparts, including wings, dull grey-brown (contrasting... read more


    Song is a variable melodious series of 7–12 short but sweet upslurred and downslurred whistles.... read more


    Inhabits forest, forest edge, thickets, partly cleared forest and gardens, at all altitudes; most... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Forages mostly in shady substage or lower canopy, to lesser extent in undergrowth, only occasionally on ground or in upper zone.... read more


    Season probably Oct–Jan, at least. Nest a neat cup of fine plant material (fibres, grass, vine tendrils, tree-fern hairs), lined with... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Fiji EBA. Common in most of range. The species’ global population, although not yet quantified,... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Fiji Streaked Fantail (Rhipidura layardi). 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 16 December 2019).