Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

Mangrove Fantail (Rhipidura phasiana)


French: Rhipidure des mangroves German: Mangrovefächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico de manglar

Rhipidura phasiana

De Vis

, 1885,

Kimberley, Norman River, Australia


Previously considered a race of R. fuliginosa; but recent phylogeographical studies#R#R show that it diverged recently and is sister to a clade comprising R. fuliginosa and R. albiscapa. Monotypic.


Aru Is, coastal SE New Guinea (Lea Lea to Lese Oalai), and coastal NW & N Australia from Shark Bay (Western Australia) E patchily to Edward R (N Queensland).

Descriptive notes

13·8–15·5 cm; 5–7·8 g. Has short white supercilium and white streak behind orbit; upperparts light grey, slightly darker on lores and ear-coverts; upperwing... read more


Song a series of short twittering whistles, “chit-chit chitty-chit”, with upward or downward trend... read more


Mostly confined to coastal mangroves including open or closed forest, woodland, shrubland or... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), bugs (Hemiptera) and wasps (Hymenoptera) found in more than half of stomachs. Spiders also... read more


Data only from Australia. Season Sept–Feb, possibly Mar. Nest built by both sexes, an open cup of fine bark strips, usually of... read more


Resident throughout Australian range and, presumably, New Guinean range. Recoveries of nine ringed... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in Australia; in New Guinea locally common, but otherwise scarce.

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2019). Mangrove Fantail (Rhipidura phasiana). 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 6 December 2019).