Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Near Threatened

Kadavu Fantail (Rhipidura personata)


French: Rhipidure de Kandavu German: Kadavufächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico de Kandavu

Rhipidura personata

E. P. Ramsay

, 1875,

#R, Kadavu, Fiji Islands




Kadavu and nearby Ono, in S Fiji Is.

Descriptive notes

15 cm. Has side of face and upperparts brownish-grey to dark brown, thin white stripe from lores crossing above orbit, second white stripe extending posteriorly from behind... read more


Song consists of whistled notes; harsh chipping call; also utters a scolding chatter.


Forest; occupies dense underbrush, especially along waterways.

Food and feeding

Insects, captured by flycatching. Joins mixed feeding flocks of small insectivorous birds.


Breeding recorded in Oct (feeding nestlings) and Nov. Nest a small, compact cup of fine fibres, with a hanging “tail”. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Fiji EBA. Less common than most forest birds on Kadavu, and restricted to... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2019). Kadavu Fantail (Rhipidura personata). 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).