French: Rhipidure hochequeue German: Gartenfächerschwanz Spanish: Abanico lavandera
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
R. l. melaleuca
(Quoy & Gaimard, 1830) – Moluccas, West Papuan Is, New Guinea and islands (including Goodenough, Fergusson and Normanby, in D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago), Aru Is, Bismarck Archipelago (including Admiralty Is), Buka I, Bougainville I and Solomon Is.
R. l. picata
Gould, 1848 – N quarter of Australia from Kimberley (in Western Australia) and N half of Northern Territory E to N Queensland.
R. l. leucophrys
(Latham, 1801) – S three-quarters of mainland Australia, including Kangaroo I.
19–21 cm; 17–25 g. Has white supercilium; rest of head to upper chest, and upperparts and tail black, malar area, chin and throat with varying amount of white on... read more
Song, by both sexes, from perch, very occasionally from ground or in flight, loud and far-carrying... read more
Almost any habitat, apart from closed forest such as rainforest or densest eucalypt (Eucalyptus... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, especially insects and larvae; occasionally oligochaetes, small fish, lizards, grass seeds. Beetles (Coleoptera) and flies (... read more
Usually mid-Aug to late Jan (most records Oct–Dec) in Australia, but may breed in any month if conditions permit; most months (mainly... read more
Resident throughout range. Some small-scale seasonal movements, e.g. post-breeding descent from... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to very common in most of range, except in densely wooded habitats. Torres Strait population confined to three small islands,... read more
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