French: Rhipidure de Gould German: Strichelfächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico norteño
north-west coast of Australia = Port Essington, Northern Territory
Subspecies and Distribution
R. i. vidua
Salvadori & Turati, 1874 – Kofiau, in West Papuan Is.
R. i. gularis
S. Müller, 1843 – Gebe I, West Papuan Is (except Kofiau), New Guinea, including islands in Geelvink Bay (except Biak; apparently absent from Numfor#R), Manam I, Goodenough I and Fergusson I, and islands in Torres Strait.
R. i. nigromentalis
E. J. O. Hartert, 1898 – Louisiade Archipelago (Misima, Tagula), off SE New Guinea.
R. i. niveiventris
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1914 – Admiralty Is (Manus, Rambutyo), in NW Bismarck Archipelago.
R. i. mussai
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1924 – Mussau I, in St Matthias Group, N Bismarck Archipelago.
R. i. setosa
(Quoy & Gaimard, 1830) – New Hanover, New Ireland and Djaul I, in EC Bismarck Archipelago.
R. i. gigantea
Stresemann, 1933 – Tabar Is and Lihir Is (off E New Ireland), in EC Bismarck Archipelago.
R. i. tangensis
Mayr, 1955 – Boang, in Tanga Is, in EC Bismarck Archipelago.
R. i. finschii
Salvadori, 1882 – New Britain, Duke of York I, Watom I and Lolobau I, in S Bismarck Archipelago.
R. i. isura
Gould, 1841 – N Australia from about Broome (in N Western Australia) E across Top End to NE Queensland (S to vicinity of Proserpine).
16.5–18.5 cm; 10–15 g. Adult nominate race has short, thin white supercilium from above lores to just behind eye; forehead, lores, upper malar region and ear-coverts brownish... read more
Song in Australia (nominate race) consists of 3–5 tinkling descending notes, usually preceded by a... read more
Occurs in a range of forested habitats, from rainforest and monsoon forest to swamp-forest, gallery... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), bugs (Hemiptera), hymenopterans, termites (Isoptera), lepidopterans, and... read more
May–Feb in Australia; appears to breed from dry season to middle of wet season, with peak in late dry season (Sept–Oct), in New Guinea; 1–2... read more
Resident in most of range. Some seasonal movements in N Australia: apparent post-breeding shift... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common or fairly common to abundant in most of range. Density in lowland rainforest near R Brown, in SE New Guinea, estimated at 20... read more
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