Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis)


French: Rhipidure à gorge blanche German: Weißkehl-Fächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico gorjiblanco

Platyrhynchos albicollis


, 1818,

Bengal, India


Sometimes considered conspecific with R. albogularis (which see). Number of races accepted seems disproportionate to the low levels of variation involved. Race orissae perhaps of doubtful validity#R. Nine subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. a. canescens (Koelz, 1939) – foothills of Himalayas from NE Pakistan and Kashmir E to W Nepal.
  • R. a. albicollis (Vieillot, 1818) – C Himalayas (Nepal and Sikkim), and from plains of Bangladesh S to E India (lower West Bengal); non-breeding in lowlands.
  • R. a. orissae Ripley, 1955 – EC India (E Madhya Pradesh, S Bihar, Odisha).
  • R. a. stanleyi E. C. S. Baker, 1916 – E Himalayas (E from Sikkim) E to NW & W Myanmar, S to E Bangladesh.
  • R. a. celsa Riley, 1929 – Myanmar (except NW & W), S China (SE Xizang and S Sichuan S to Yunnan, Guangxi and Hainan), Thailand (except S) and N Indochina.
  • R. a. cinerascens Delacour, 1927 – S Indochina (except Cochinchina).
  • R. a. atrata Salvadori, 1879 – S peninsular Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra.
  • R. a. kinabalu Chasen, 1941 – mountains of N Borneo.
  • R. a. sarawacensis Chasen, 1941 – W Borneo (Poi Range).
  • Recently found (unknown race) in SE Borneo (Meratus Mts)#R.

    Descriptive notes

    17·5–20·5 cm; 9–13 g. Nominate race has short white supercilium; crown, face and upperparts, including wing, slaty grey; tail slaty, two central feather pairs... read more


    Song a series of 4–8 thin high-pitched notes at irregular intervals, first ones may ascend or... read more


    Occupies a variety of wooded habitats, including broadleaf evergreen forest (particularly at higher... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small flying insects. Forages in undergrowth, lower and middle storeys, occasionally into canopy. Hunts along outside of bushes, main... read more


    Season Mar–Aug in Pakistan/India and Feb–May in SE Asia (nests with eggs Feb–Mar and juveniles May in Malay Peninsula);... read more


    Lowland populations generally resident. Those breeding at higher elevations make post-breeding... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common throughout its rather extensive range. Flexibility in habitat occupation doubtless of benefit to this species. Occurs in many national parks... read more

    Recommended citation

    Boles, W. (2019). White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis). 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).