French: Rhipidure gris German: Graufächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico gris
Subspecies and Distribution
R. a. brenchleyi
Sharpe, 1879 – SE Solomon Is (Makira), Banks Is and Vanuatu.
R. a. bulgeri
E. L. Layard, 1877 – New Caledonia, I of Pines and Loyalty Is (Lifou, where perhaps only vagrant#R).
R. a. pelzelni
G. R. Gray, 1862 – Norfolk I.
R. a. keasti
Ford, 1981 – NE Australia (highlands of Atherton Tablelands and Clarke Range, in NE Queensland).
R. a. albicauda
North, 1895 – C Australia.
R. a. alisteri
Mathews, 1911 – EC, SE & SC Australia; on migration to N Australia and, possibly, New Guinea.
R. a. albiscapa
Gould, 1840 – Tasmania and Bass Strait islands; non-breeding SE Australia.
R. a. preissi
Cabanis, 1851 – #RSW Australia; on migration to NW Australia.
14–17 cm; 6·5–9 g. Male nominate race has upperparts sooty grey, sides of face sooty, with short, narrow white supercilium and narrow white streak above... read more
Both sexes sing, female less than male; may sing on nest; prominent in dawn chorus in spring and... read more
Almost any wooded habitat, including parks and gardens, warm and cool rainforest, other forest and... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, usually flying ones; particularly Coleoptera (beetles), Diptera (flies) and Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants), all of which are... read more
In Australia Aug–Jan, longer in S; nest-building and dependent young in Sept on San Cristobal (Solomons); Sept–Jan in Vanuatu;... read more
Migratory, nomadic or sedentary in different parts of range; movements may be related in some... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout range; may have increased owing to ability to adapt to human-modified habitats, although some apparent declines in highly urbanized... read more
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