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Blue-headed Fantail

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Photo © by Romy OconMount Makiling, Laguna Province, Philippines, August 2004
Photo © by Romy Ocon
Mount Makiling, Laguna Province, Philippines, August 2004
Rhipidura cyaniceps


[edit] Identification

18 cm (7 in)

  • Greyish-blue head and mantle

[edit] Distribution

South-east Asia: endemic to the Philippines.

[edit] Taxonomy

Visayan Fantail and Tablas Fantail have formerly been included in this species.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • R. c. pinicola:
  • R. c. cyaniceps:
  • Philippines (Luzon and Catanduanes)

[edit] Habitat

Understory of forests up to 2000m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They feed in the understorey up to 15m. Their diet consists almost entirely of flying insects caught in short flights. They join in mixed species foraging flocks.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2012. IOC World Bird Names (version 3.2). Available at
  3. Romy Ocon
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2018)

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