Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

Pohnpei Fantail (Rhipidura kubaryi)


French: Rhipidure de Ponapé German: Pohnpeifächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico de Ponapé

Rhipidura kubaryi


, 1876,



Usually considered conspecific with R. rufifrons, but differs in white vs rufous forecrown and frontal supercilium (3); grey vs rufous back to base of tail (3); grey vs ochraceous flanks to vent (2); dark grey vs white (or black in R. r. ugiensis) throat with more diffuse scalloping on breast (ns[1]); and supposedly a different “foraging behaviour”#R; surprisingly, however, voice falls within range of vocalizations of the Solomons group of R. rufifrons#R. Differs from R. melanolaema in its grey vs black ear-coverts (3); grey vs white forehead adjacent to frontal supercilium (2); dark grey vs black throat and breast, with more diffuse scaling on lower breast and much greyer belly to vent (2); dull brown-tinged grey vs dull grey-tinged brown upperparts (in R. m. melanolaema; distinction stronger in R. m. utupae; ns[1]); and different song (3; see R. melanolaema). Monotypic.


E Caroline Is (Pohnpei).

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm. Adult has grey forehead, contrasting conspicuous white frontal supercilium and malar stripe; rest of head and entire upperparts dull dark olive-brown, upperwing... read more


Poorly known. Song is a series of 4–6 short high-pitched staccato notes moving randomly up and down... read more


Forest and forest edge, and brushland.

Food and feeding

Insects and other arthropods, occasionally spiders. Very active. Makes frequent aerial sallies; also gleans food items from foliage.


Little information. Eggs recorded in Jul–Aug.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in East Caroline Islands EBA. This is a poorly known taxon confined to Pohnpei, where it appears to... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Pohnpei Fantail (Rhipidura kubaryi). 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 9 December 2019).