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Yellow-bellied Fantail - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Yellow-bellied Fairy-Fantail; Fairy-fantail

Photo by PrinPrince
Chiang Mai, Thailand, April, 2009
Chelidorhynx hypoxanthus

Rhipidura hypoxantha

Identification

11.5–12.5 cm

  • Yellow forehead, brow, and underparts
  • Olive-grey upperparts
  • Black mask
  • Long, white-tipped gray tail

Female: the mask is dark olive

Distribution

Asia: found in China, Tibet, Nepal, India, eastern and western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Bhutan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.

It was formerly placed in the genus Rhipidura but recent research showed it to be a Fairy Flycatcher and not a Fantail.

Habitat

Moist evergreen broad leaf forest and jungle.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet includes small flying insects which are flushed by fluttering in amongst the branches.

Breeding

It builds a compact deep cup made from moss, which is attached to the upperside of a branch. The clutch consists of 3 cream to pinkish-cream eggs with tiny dark reddish speckles.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Thread in the taxonomy forum discussing this species.
  3. Avibase
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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