Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

New Caledonia Streaked Fantail (Rhipidura verreauxi)


French: Rhipidure de Verreaux German: Neukaledonien-Fleckenfächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico moteado de Nueva Caledonia

Rhipidura verreauxi


, 1870,

New Caledonia


Hitherto treated as conspecific with R. spilodera, R. layardi and R. rufilateralis (see all three species). When lumped with spilodera, name verreauxi has priority, dating from Apr vs May 1870. Monotypic.


New Caledonia, I of Pines and Loyalty Is (Lifou, Maré).

Descriptive notes

17 cm; c. 12 g. Adult has greyish head, white supercilium, short white line behind orbit; upperparts, including wings, rufous-brown, wing-coverts tipped white; tail greyish,... read more


Song comprises four or more short, melodious, distinct syllables; call a short tinkling sound;... read more


Inhabits forest, forest edge, thickets, partly cleared forest and gardens, at all altitudes; most... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages mostly in shady substage or lower canopy, to lesser extent in undergrowth, and occasionally on ground or in upper zone.... read more


Season Oct–Jan in New Caledonia. Nest a neat cup of fine plant material, lined with coarser fibres, bound externally with spider web... read more


Resident. In Loyalty Is, recorded as accidental on Ouvéa.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in New Caledonia EBA. Common in most of range. Population size not quantified, but this species... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W. & Christie, D.A. (2019). New Caledonia Streaked Fantail (Rhipidura verreauxi). 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).