Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

White-browed Fantail (Rhipidura aureola)


French: Rhipidure à grands sourcils German: Weißstirn-Fächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico cejiblanco

Rhipidura aureola


, 1831,

#R, Bengal, India


Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. a. aureola Lesson, 1831 – E Pakistan (R Indus) E along Himalayan foothills to S Nepal, S to C India (S to SW & C Maharashtra and Odisha).
  • R. a. compressirostris (Blyth, 1849) – S peninsular India and Sri Lanka.
  • R. a. burmanica (A. O. Hume, 1880) – Myanmar and extreme S China (W Yunnan) S to W & S Thailand, C & S Laos, Cambodia and SC Vietnam.
  • Descriptive notes

    17–18·5 cm; 10–12 g. Nominate has forehead and broad supercilium white, crown and ear-coverts black; upperparts, including wing, dark grey-brown, greater... read more


    Song a series of 6–7 well-spaced, low-pitched, melodious whistles, usually 4 ascending and 2... read more


    Variety of native and introduced woodland in drier, more open habitats, including dry dipterocarp... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats small flying insects, mainly flies (Diptera) and bugs (Hemiptera). Frequents lower bushes and undergrowth, rarely descending to ground... read more


    Season Feb–Aug (mainly Mar–Jun) in India, Jan–Jul (mainly Apr–May) in Sri Lanka, and Feb–Aug in SE Asia;... read more


    Resident; some post-breeding movement locally from higher elevations to lowlands.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common through most of Indian Subcontinent; uncommon to fairly common in SE Asia. Alleged occurrence in Bangladesh and NE India (Assam) considered... read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2019). White-browed Fantail (Rhipidura aureola). 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 15 December 2019).