13 April, 2012

Grey Fantail

Scientific Name: Rhipidura albiscapa

Population Estimate: Unknown, but Least Concern status.

Range / Habitat: Found in forest, scrub and artificial habitats throughout Australia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. 

Field Notes: Small, active grey flycatcher with a long tail, frequently fanned. Tail feathers have white shafts. White eyebrow, grey necklace, yellow belly. Willie Wagtail similar in appearance, but without white throat and with completely different behavior.

Personal Notes: A common, but welcome, sight throughout Australia. Note that some sources consider this bird conspecific with New Zealand Fantail.

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