Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

Roti Fantail (Rhipidura tenkatei)


Taxonomy

French: Rhipidure de Roti German: Rotifächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico de Roti
Taxonomy:

Rhipidura tenkatei

Büttikofer

, 1892,

Roti Island

.

One of several taxa recently split from R. rufiventris#R (see that species). Differs from all other taxa in that complex by various characters in unique combination: throat boldly white-streaked like breast; buffy-white belly to vent; large white tail tips; song#R. Differs in particular from geographically closest representative of complex, R. rufiventris, in its white-streaked grey vs all-white throat (3); white-streaked grey vs diffuse white-on-grey breast (3); much paler belly to vent (2); and notably divergent song (4). From morphologically closest representative, R. cinerea, differs in its white-streaked grey vs all-white throat (3); buffy-white vs white belly to vent (1); large vs at best vestigial white tail tips (3). Monotypic.

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Distribution:

Roti (off SW Timor), in Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

c. 16–18 cm. Adult has very short white supercilium from above rear lore to just above eye; lores and side of face blackish-brown; crown to nape and side of neck slaty black... read more

Voice

Song a series of about 8–12 short sweet notes, only slightly rising and dropping in pitch (pace c.... read more

Habitat

All wooded habitats, including plantations and mangroves; occurs also in scrub around villages.... read more

Food and feeding

Little specific information. Moves around in the understorey, 1–5 m above ground. Diet and foraging methods believed unlikely to differ... read more

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Timor and Wetar EBA. Although this species has a small range, it appears to be fairly... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Roti Fantail (Rhipidura tenkatei). 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/1343801 on 25 June 2019).