Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

Palau Fantail (Rhipidura lepida)


French: Rhipidure des Palau German: Palaufächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico de Palaos

Rhipidura lepida

Hartlaub and Finsch

, 1868,

Palau Islands


Perhaps closest to R. teysmanni, R. superflua, R. dedemi and R. opistherythra. Monotypic.


Palau Is: Babelthuap, Koror, Urukthapel, Eil Malk and Peleliu.

Descriptive notes

18 cm. Has crown and upperparts cinnamon-rufous, rump slightly lighter, lores dusky grey, orbital ring and ear-coverts dark brown; remiges dusky brown, inner secondaries,... read more


Song of chirps and squeaks, a succession of syllables on same pitch, each with downward inflection... read more


Occurs in forest, including isolated pockets in ravines in fire-maintained savanna, secondary... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages in undergrowth and subcanopy, occasionally across rocks and fallen tree trunks. Moves by hopping and flying; tail held... read more


Season not documented. During possible courtship activity, one individual displays in front of another by holding fully fanned tail cocked... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Palau EBA. Abundant on Peleliu, and common on most other islands; uncommon on Koror. Noted as being present in... read more

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2019). Palau Fantail (Rhipidura lepida). 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 14 December 2019).