Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

Tawny-backed Fantail (Rhipidura superflua)


French: Rhipidure de Buru German: Burufächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico superfluo

Rhipidura superflua

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1899,

Mount Mada, 3000 feet [c. 915 m], Buru




Mountains of Buru, in S Moluccas.

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Crown, side of head, nape and mantle are light brown, remainder of upperparts bright cinnamon-rufous; line from base of bill to above orbit rufous-buff; remiges... read more


Song described as a short series of quiet tinkling notes.


Hill and montane forest, including primary, disturbed and secondary forests, and forest edges; 700... read more

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages mainly in understorey, to c. 4 m.


Nest with egg in Feb, and nestling in Jul. Clutch size uncertain, probably 2–3 eggs, but only one egg/young found in nests. No other... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Buru EBA. Moderately common with tiny single-island range.

Recommended citation

Boles, W. (2019). Tawny-backed Fantail (Rhipidura superflua). 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).