Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Near Threatened

Taveuni Silktail (Lamprolia victoriae)


French: Lamprolie queue-de-soie German: Seidenfächerschwanz Spanish: Monarca de Taveuni

Lamprolia victoriæ


, 1874,

Taveuni, Fiji


Until recently considered conspecific with L. klinesmithi (see that species). Monotypic.


Taveuni (N Fiji).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 16–21 g. Small, dumpy, strikingly iridescent black rhipidurid with conspicuous white rump and much of tail; tail short and rounded, long and rather rounded... read more


Loud high-pitched whistles, a whistling trill and low rasping squeaks. Also a loud five-note call,... read more


Mature wet rainforest, forest pockets, logged forest, and plantations close to intact forest.

Food and feeding

Food small arthropods and worms. Singly or in small flocks. Often very active around dawn. Feeds in leaf litter and in lower canopy and... read more


Season Jun–Jan. Substantial nest of pliable fibres, vine tendrils, rootlets and shreds of bark, sometimes decorated with moss and... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Fiji EBA. Previously rated as Vulnerable because of expected habitat... read more

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Taveuni Silktail (Lamprolia victoriae). 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 23 January 2019).