Rufous fantail

Rufous fantail

Rhipidura rufifrons

The rufous fantail is a small Passerine bird, most commonly known also as the black-breasted rufous-fantail or rufous-fronted fantail, which can be found in Australia, Indonesia, Micronesia, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. In these countries they inhabit rainforests, wet forests, swamp woodlands and mangroves. Characteristic of species that have a large range, the rufous fantail has many subspecies. However the taxonomic treatment of its subspecies and other relatives is still debated. The rufous fantail is easily distinguished by their orange-reddish-brown back, rump and base of tail. They have a black and white breast that grades into a white colour on the chin and throat. They are migratory, travelling to south-eastern Australia in the spring to breed, and then north in the autumn. The rufous fantail tends to feed on small insects in the lower parts of the canopy. They are very active birds making short, frequent flights. They may also hop between foliage or on the ground, during foraging. Although their population is thought to be declining, their relatively large range and abundance make them a species of least concern according to the IUCN.

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Habits and Lifestyle

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition

Mating Habits



1. Rufous fantail Wikipedia article -
2. Rufous fantail on The IUCN Red List site -
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