Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

Mangrove Fantail (Rhipidura phasiana)


Taxonomy

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

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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59147 on 11 December 2018).