Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

Guadalcanal Fantail (Rhipidura ocularis)


French: Rhipidure de Guadalcanal German: Guadalcanal-Fächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico de Guadalcanal

Rhipidura drownei ocularis


, 1931,



Hitherto treated as conspecific with R. drownei, but differs in its whitish-grey vs cinnamon-buff belly, undertail-coverts and tips and outer vanes of rectrices (3); bold white postocular stripe (2); greatly reduced (barely visible) wingbars (2); larger supraloral line (ns[1]); slightly less rufescent back and wing fringes (ns[1]); and shorter wing (effect size, although n=9 for present species, −1.49, score 1). Monotypic.


Guadalcanal, in Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 10–12·5 g. Adult has grey-brown head with distinct white streak from side of forehead to above orbit, white stripe behind eye and at rear of ear-coverts; upperparts... read more


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


Montane forest, including mistforest, above 800 m.

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages in forest interior, at all heights, taking prey by gleaning and flycatching. May join mixed-species flocks.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to Solomon Group EBA. Global population size has not been quantified, but this species appears to... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Guadalcanal Fantail (Rhipidura ocularis). 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 15 December 2019).