Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

Visayan Fantail (Rhipidura albiventris)


French: Rhipidure des Visayas German: Weißbauch-Fächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico cabeciazul de las Bisayas

Philentoma albiventris


, 1877,



Until recently treated as conspecific with R. cyaniceps and R. sauli, but split first on molecular grounds#R. Differs also in its white vs rufous belly (3); stronger white shaft streaks on blue-grey breast (1); stronger (less olive-tinged) blue-grey mantle and upper back (1); slightly larger size (effect size for male bills 1.34, score 1); and strikingly different pace and pitch to structurally similar song, with note length 0.05–0.07 s vs 0.015–0.03 s (3); maximum frequency of base harmonic 1000 Hz vs 5000 Hz (4); and different note shape (ns[1])#R. Monotypic.

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Ticao, Masbate, Panay, Guimaras and Negros, in C Philippines.

Descriptive notes

18 cm; 12–16 g. Male has head, mantle and uppermost back greyish blue, feather shafts lighter blue, remaining upperparts rufous, lores and ear-coverts blackish; often... read more


Commonest vocalization a short nasal “ket!”, repeated at irregular intervals or in rapid chattering... read more


Wooded habitats, ranging from primary forest, particularly oak and pine, and forest edge to heavily... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, captured in short sallies. Feeds from understorey to 15 m. Joins mixed-species flocks.


Breeding activity in Feb–May; eggs in Apr and nestling in fourth week of Apr. Nest a small cup placed on branch in relatively open... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Negros and Panay EBA. Although there are no accurate estimates of this species’ population... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Visayan Fantail (Rhipidura albiventris). 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).