Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)


Tablas Fantail (Rhipidura sauli)


French: Rhipidure de Tablas German: Tablasfächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico cabeciazul de Tablas

Rhipidura sauli

Bourns and Worcester

, 1894,



Until recently treated as conspecific with R. cyaniceps and R. albiventris. Split initially proposed on basis of molecular evidence#R, and this reinforced by its broader white shaft streaks on breast (1); stronger rufous wingpanel connecting to back (2); rufous-buff vs tan-buff belly (1); longer wing (effect size for males, n = 8, 2.04, score 2); lower-pitched call#R, only recording being of a “chep” vs a metallic “tsik”, hence frequency (2) and note shape (1). Monotypic.

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Tablas, in NC Philippines.

Descriptive notes

18 cm. Male has head and mantle greyish blue, feather shafts lighter blue, remaining upperparts rufous, lores and ear-coverts black; often some tiny white markings on malar... read more


Little known. One recording suggests a “chep” call (rather than the metallic “tsik” or “chik” notes... read more


Found in mature and semi-mature lowland forest.

Food and feeding

Insects, captured in short sallies. Behaviour not known to differ significantly from that of R. cyaniceps.


Almost no specific information, but thought to be feeding young in late Mar. Probably much like that of R. cyaniceps.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. This species’ population, estimated as lying in the range 2500–9999 mature individuals, is thought to be declining as a result of the ongoing degradation and loss... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Tablas Fantail (Rhipidura sauli). 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 6 December 2019).