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Malaysian Pied Fantail

From Opus

Subspecies R. j. longicaudaPhoto by Karim Madoya Papar, Borneo, November 2006
Subspecies R. j. longicauda
Photo by Karim Madoya
Papar, Borneo, November 2006
Rhipidura javanica


[edit] Identification

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.

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

[edit] Distribution

Southeast Asia.

[edit] Taxonomy

It was formerly considered conspecific with Philippine Pied Fantail under the name Pied Fantail.

[edit] Subspecies[1]

[edit] Habitat


A common bird in gardens and lowland forests in central Thailand and in mangrove forests in the south.

[edit] Behaviour

Diet includes insects.

Breeding takes place February to July; the nest is built of plant fibres and spiders' webs in a conical shape. 2 yellow-white eggs are laid.

They have a habit of fanning out their long tails.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from

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