French: Rhipidure à collier German: Neuseeland-Fächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico maorí
South Island, New Zealand
Subspecies and Distribution
R. f. cervina
E. P. Ramsay, 1879 – Lord Howe Fantail – Lord Howe I, off E Australia.
R. f. placabilis
Bangs, 1921 – N New Zealand: North I and adjacent islands (Three Kings Is, Hen and Chickens Is, Mokohinau Is, and islands of Little Barrier, Great Barrier, Mayor, Kapiti).
R. f. fuliginosa
(Sparrman, 1787) – New Zealand Fantail – S New Zealand: South I, Stewart I and adjacent islands.
R. f. penita
Bangs, 1911 – Chatham Is (Chatham, Pitt, Southeast).
14–17 cm; 6·5–9 g. New Zealand populations have two colour morphs, which co-occur in some areas; pied morph more common, black morph comprising 12–25... read more
Both sexes sing, female less than male; may sing on nest. Song, combinations of two note types,... read more
Almost any wooded habitat, both native and introduced, including forests, parks and gardens,... read more
Food and feeding
Diet consists of insects, normally flying ones; particularly Coleoptera (beetles), Diptera (flies), Lepidoptera (butterflies, moths) and... read more
In New Zealand, Aug–Mar in North I and Sept–Jan in South I; probably late Oct to late Jan in Chatham Is; often 2 or more broods... read more
Mainly resident throughout year, except for post-breeding shift from highlands to lower altitudes;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and common in New Zealand (except in unforested areas) and surrounding islands. May have increased owing to ability to adapt to human-... read more
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