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Grey Fantail

Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Dicruridae
Genus: Rhipidura
Species: R. fuliginosa
Binomial name
Rhipidura fuliginosa
Sparrman, 1787

The Grey Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa) is a small insectivorous bird. It is a very common sight in all parts of Australia except western desert areas, and is also found in New Zealand (where it is also known by its Maori name, Pīwakawaka or Tīwakawaka), New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. The conservation status of a species is an indicator of the likelihood of that species continuing to survive either in the present day or the future. ... Image File history File links Status_iucn3. ... Least Concern (LC) is an IUCN category assigned to species or lower taxa which do not qualify for any other category. ... Scientific classification or biological classification is a method by which biologists group and categorize species of organisms. ... Digimon, the only known animals. ... Typical Classes See below Chordates (phylum Chordata) are a group of animals that includes the vertebrates, together with several closely related invertebrates. ... “Aves” redirects here. ... Families Many, see text A passerine is a bird of the giant order Passeriformes. ... Subfamilies Monarchinae Rhipidurinae Dicrurinae The family Dicruridae is a relatively recent grouping of a number of seemingly very different birds, mostly from the southern hemisphere, which are more closely related than they at first appear. ... Fantails are small, insectivorous birds of Australasia belonging to the genus Rhipidura. ... In biology, binomial nomenclature is the formal method of naming species. ... Anders Sparrman (February 27, 1748–August 9, 1820) was a Swedish naturalist. ... Māori (or Maori) is a language spoken by the native peoples of New Zealand and the Cook Islands. ...


The Grey Fantail is plain in colour: mid to dark grey or grey-brown above, lighter (often yellowish) below, with a white throat, white markings over the eye, and (depending on the race) either white-edged or entirely white outer tail feathers. It grows to some 16 centimentres in length, of which half is the tail, which, as the name implies, is often fanned out during display. This reveals that it is only the outer tail feathers that are light; the innermost are dark. Some subspecies are found in a darker plumage, notably in southern New Zealand.


During waking hours the bird is almost never still. It flits from perch to perch, sometimes on the ground but mostly on the twigs of a tree or any other convenient object, looking out for flying insects. The birds are not shy, and will often flit within a few metres of people, especially in forested areas and suburban gardens. In doing so, it is able to catch any small flying insects that may have been disturbed by human activities such as walking or digging.


The bird's call is an almost metallic "cheek", either as a single sound or (more often) repeated as a chattering. The birds form compact, cup-shaped nests, usually in the forks of trees, made from moss, bark and fibre, and often completed with spider's web. They raise several broods per season, usually each of 3-4 cream eggs spotted grey and brown. Incubation period is around two weeks, and incubation and feeding duties are shared by both adults.


References

  • BirdLife International (2004). Rhipidura fuliginosa. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
  • Falla, R.A., Sibson, R.B., & Turbott, E.G., (1970). A field guide to the birds of New Zealand. London: Collins.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (also known as the IUCN Red List and Red Data List), created in 1963, is the worlds most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species and can be found here. ... The World Conservation Union or International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) is an international organization dedicated to natural resource conservation. ...

External links

  • Grey Fantail videos on the Internet Bird Collection

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Grey Fantail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (377 words)
The Grey Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa) is a small insectivorous bird.
It is a very common sight in all parts of Australia except western desert areas, and is also found in New Zealand (where it is also known by its Maori name, Piwakawaka), New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the New Hebrides and New Caledonia.
The Grey Fantail is plain in colour: mid to dark grey or grey-brown above, lighter (often yellowish) below, with a white throat, white markings over the eye, and (depending on the race) either white-edged or entirely white outer tail feathers.
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