Grey Fantail (species: Rhipidura (Rhipidura) albiscapa) in Mares Forest NP (Gaia Guide)
Rhipidura (Rhipidura) albiscapa
Grey Fantail

©Leo: Grey Fantail

©Arthur Chapman: Grey Fantail with slightly orange colouring on its front

©Arthur Chapman: Grey Fantail with tail fanned out
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Rhipiduridae
Genus Rhipidura
Species Rhipidura (Rhipidura) albiscapa



Distinguishing features

It is mid to dark grey or grey-brown above, lighter (often yellowish/orange) below, with a white throat, white markings over the eye, and (depending on the race) either white-edged or entirely white outer tail feathers. It grows to 16 centimetres in length, of which half is the tail, which, as the name implies, is often displayed fanned out. This reveals that the outer tail feathers that are light and the centre ones are dark. Some subspecies are found in a darker plumage. (Wikipedia)


  • From 15 cm to 17 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found in nmost parts of Australia (except western desert areas), New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.


It eats insects.

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