Family Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Least Concern

White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis)


Taxonomy

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

Platyrhynchos albicollis

Vieillot

, 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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59175 on 16 December 2019).