French: Rhipidure à dos roux German: Rostrücken-Fächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico dorsirrufo
A. B. Meyer
Passim, Rubi, Geelvink Bay, and Yapen Island, western New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
R. r. rufidorsa
A. B. Meyer, 1874 – West Papuan Is (Misool I) and lowland New Guinea E to Astrolabe Bay and, in S, to Fly R; Yapen I, in Geelvink Bay.
R. r. kumusi
Mathews, 1928 – N coast of SE New Guinea (Kumusi R E to Collingwood Bay).
R. r. kubuna
Rand, 1938 – S coast of SE New Guinea (Angabunga R E to Yeimauri R area).
13–14 cm; 9–10 g. Has crown and nape grey, side of head buffy to greyish, upperparts rufous; remiges greyish-brown, edged with rufous, wing-coverts rufous; tail... read more
Song 3 rising whistled notes, each one tone higher than previous, and 3–5 (sometimes 8) high-... read more
Rainforest, monsoon forest, nearby tall secondary growth and swamp-forest; lowlands to c. 650 m,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Forages from near ground level to below canopy, but mostly in lower to middle levels. Food obtained by gleaning, flycatching-... read more
Nest with eggs in Jul, recently fledged young in early Oct, fledglings in late Aug, birds in breeding condition May–Aug (testes... read more
Sedentary; individuals observed or recaptured for up to 3 years at same locality.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally very common to fairly common in lowlands, less so in hills. Estimated density of 6 birds/10 ha at lowland rainforest site near R Brown, in... read more
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