Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

Rennell Fantail (Rhipidura rennelliana)


French: Rhipidure de Rennell German: Rennellfächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico de Rennell

Rhipidura rennelliana


, 1931,

Rennell Island, Solomon Islands




Rennell I, in S Solomons.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 14–15 g. Crown and side of head are drab brownish-grey, short broad supraloral spot obscure (bases of feathers off-white); back lighter and browner than... read more


High-pitched, upward-slurred rasp. Sings before dawn. Song is 8–15 clear, high-pitched “chip... read more


Generally wooded habitats with closed canopy, including primary forest, forest edge, submature... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages in undergrowth or understorey; in scrub found 1–3 m from ground, in tall forest up to 15 m; occasionally on ground.... read more


Dependent young observed in Sept. Nest a small cup of Pandanus fibres, bound externally with spider web, with hanging “tail”,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Rennell and Bellona EBA. Very common within tiny world range.

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2019). Rennell Fantail (Rhipidura rennelliana). 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 16 December 2019).