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  Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)





Grey Fantail | Rhipidura albiscapa photo
Juvenile Grey Fantail, Victoria, Australia

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Grey Fantail | Rhipidura albiscapa photo
Grey Fantail

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Grey Fantail | Rhipidura albiscapa photo
Grey Fantail

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GREY FANTAIL FACTS

Description
The Grey Fantail is grey above, with white eyebrow, throat and tail edge. The tail is fan-shaped. It is a very active bird that performs aerial twists and turns as it chases insects. The female and male are similar.

Size
15cm

Habitat
most treed habitats

Food
insects caught in flight. It chases insects from edge of foliage of trees and bushes.

Breeding
builds nest in a thin tree-fork about 2 - 5m above ground. The nest is made of grass bound with spider web. The bottom of the nest is drawn out into a point. Lays two or three eggs.

Range
throughout Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Monarchidae
Genus:Rhipidura
Species:albiscapa
Common Name:Grey Fantail

Relatives in same Genus
  Willie Wagtail (R. leucophrys)
  Rufous Fantail (R. rufifrons)
  Northern Fantail (R. rufiventris)