Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

Palau Fantail (Rhipidura lepida)


Taxonomy

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

Rhipidura lepida

Hartlaub and Finsch

, 1868,

Palau Islands

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Resident.

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59158 on 19 November 2018).