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  Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons)





Rufous Fantail | Rhipidura rufifrons photo
Rufous Fantail in Royal National Park, New South Wales, Australia.

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Rufous Fantail | Rhipidura rufifrons photo
Rufous Fantail on wineglass-shaped nest, Iluka, NSW

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RUFOUS FANTAIL FACTS

Description
The Rufous Fantail has a distinctive reddish brown rump and fan shaped tail. The head and shoulders is grey-brown, becoming reddish brown on the lower back, rump and upper tail. It has a reddish-brown eyebrow. The throat is white, and the chest is mottled black and white. The belly is white with reddish tinge. The wings are grey-brown and the tail feathers have red-brown bases, but are otherwise dark grey, tipped white. Young birds are similar, but duller. It is an active bird that flits about with its tail held in fan shape.

Size
16cm

Habitat
rainforest, dense wet forests, swamp woodlands and mangroves. Usually seen in dense shade near the ground.

Food
insects. Feeds in middle and lower layers of vegetation.

Breeding
Nest is a cup made of fine grass bound with spider webs. It is suspended from a tree fork about 5 m above the ground. The bottom of the nest is drawn out into a long stem like a wine glass. Lays 2-3 eggs.

Range
northern and eastern coastal Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Monarchidae
Genus:Rhipidura
Species:rufifrons
Common Name:Rufous Fantail

Relatives in same Genus
  Grey Fantail (R. albiscapa)
  Willie Wagtail (R. leucophrys)
  Northern Fantail (R. rufiventris)