Unsorted Wild Birds

White-browed Fantails

White-browed Fantail



The White-browed Fantail, Rhipidura aureola, is a small passerine bird.

It was previously classified with the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae, but the paradise flycatchers, monarch flycatchers and Australasian fantails are now normally grouped with the drongos in the family Dicruridae, which has most of its members in Australasia and tropical southern Asia.


Distribution / Range

The White-browed Fantail breeds across tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Vietnam.

This species is found in forest and other woodland.


Nesting / Breeding

Three eggs are laid in a small cup nest in a tree.



The adult White-browed Fantail is about 18 cm long. It has dark brown upperparts, with white spots on the wings, and whitish underparts. The fan-shaped tail is edged in white, and the long white supercilia meet on the forehead.

The throat and eyemask are blackish and border whitish moustachial stripes.

It often fans its tail as it moves through the undergrowth.


Diet / Feeding

The White-browed Fantail is insectivorous


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