Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)


Natewa Silktail (Lamprolia klinesmithi)


French: Lamprolie de Vanua Levu German: Natewafächerschwanz Spanish: Monarca de Natewa

Lamprolia klinesmithi

E. P. Ramsay

, 1876,

Vanua Levu, Fiji


Until recently considered conspecific with L. victoriae, and clearly very closely related. Differs in its much smaller size (effect size for male wing −5.47, score 3); iridescent crown and breast feathers somewhat larger and flat vs smaller and with tips decurved, former creating a richer colour#R, latter a two-toned effect (3); ecologically different, being less a trunk-gleaner, more an aerial sallier in absence of Chestnut-throated Flycatcher Myiagra castaneigularis on the Natewa Peninsula#R (1); split recently proposed on molecular evidence#R. Type specimen collected by J. T. Kleinschmidt, and the specific name has often accordingly been emended to “kleinschmidti”; he was, however, known to many contemporaries by anglicized version “Klinesmith”, and this appears thrice in the original description, which nowhere mentions the German spelling, so original spelling was clearly intentional and must stand. Monotypic.

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E Vanua Levu (Natewa Peninsula), in N Fiji.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2018). Natewa Silktail (Lamprolia klinesmithi). 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 24 January 2018).