Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Near Threatened

White-gorgeted Fantail (Rhipidura coultasi)


French: Rhipidure de Coultas German: Mayrfächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico de Coultas

Rhipidura cockerelli coultasi


, 1931,



Hitherto treated as conspecific with R. cockerelli, but differs in its white vs black throat (chin black) (3); greatly reduced white on tertials (barely perceptible whitish edges vs strong white outer vanes or both vanes creating obvious white wingpanel) (3); broader white breast streaks (1); and notably larger size (effect size for male tail against next largest form, R. c. albina, 2.56, score 2). Monotypic.

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Malaita, in E Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; 18·5–23 g. Has slate-black head, indistinct short white eyebrow; upperparts dark grey, wings similar but inner secondaries/tertials brownish black with narrow white... read more


No information.


Primary forest and tall secondary forest in lowlands and hills.

Food and feeding

Insects. Forages in shaded midstorey to canopy, avoiding dense vegetation. Perches upright, very occasionally fanning tail or drooping... read more


No definite information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Occurs on only a single island, with extent of... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). White-gorgeted Fantail (Rhipidura coultasi). 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).