admin on August 8th, 2008
July 2008. Chinese Garden, Singapore

July 2008. Chinese Garden, Singapore

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:  Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Rhipiduridae
Genus: Rhipidura
Species: R. javanica

Binomial name Rhipidura javanica
(Sparrman, 1788)

Main features: Small (18cm); dark plumage; long broad tail which it often fans out. Genders look alike.

Adult: Narrow black breast band contrasting with white throat and whitish belly. Upperparts dark/slaty grey; tail black tipped with white; eyebrow white.

Female: Rusty brown rump, upper tail coverts and wings; breast band smaller and blotched with white.

Call: Described as various churrs, chattering, whistles and squeaks; kree-chak . A common call is a long drawn out wheee-feeouul.

In flight: Rump appears white due to overlap of long flank feathers.

World distribution: Southeast Asia.

Classification: Family Corvidae (Crows, Orioles, Ioras). World 647 species, Subfamily Rhipiduridae.

Pied Fantails are named for their habit of fanning out their beautiful long tails. It has been suggested that by revealing the white tips of the tail, insects are startled into movement.

Pied Fantails eat mainly insects. Unlike their relatives the flycatchers, Fantails forage close to the ground in the dark understorey, perching on a root or low branch, teetering at the ready to launch into flight. They catch their prey on the wing and rarely miss. Their broad bill is ringed with spines (rictal bristles) which may help them catch insects even in the dim light of the understorey.

They move actively in the undergrowth, lurching from perch to perch; dashing in acrobatic flights. They make short flights from one cover to the next. They are generally quite inquisitive and not shy. They hunt alone or in pairs.

I took the photos in chinese garden, near by the bridge, they’re playing eachh others, this bird can suddenly fly really close to you, even almost landed at my hand. And the unique way of flight when he tried to catch the insect.


Photo Gallery: Pied Fantail