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White-browed Fantail - BirdForum Opus

Nominate subspecies
Photo by dineshagg
Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India, May 2006
Rhipidura aureola


Subspecies burmanica
Photo by robby thai
Tap Lan NP, Thailand, September 2016

17–18·5 cm (6¾-7¼ in)

  • White forehead and supercilium
  • Black crown and ear-coverts
  • Dark brown upperparts
  • White spots on the wings
  • White underparts
  • Fan-shaped tail is edged in white


Asia: found in China, Nepal
South Asia: Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand


Albogularis from central and southern India is now usually split as Spot-breasted Fantail.


  • R. a. aureola:
  • R. a. compressirostris:
  • R. a. burmanica:


A variekty of woodlands and forest; also more open habitats.



A small cup nest is built in a tree and 3 eggs are laid.


Their main diet consists of small flying insects, mostly flies and bugs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)
  4. Beauty of Birds

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