White-browed fantail

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White-browed fantail
Rhipidura aureola 1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Rhipiduridae
Genus: Rhipidura
Species: R. aureola
Binomial name
Rhipidura aureola
Lesson, 1830

The white-browed fantail (Rhipidura aureola) is a small passerine bird.

The white-browed fantail breeds across tropical regions of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The species ranges from India east to Vietnam, also being seen in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. This Old World flycatcher species is found in forest and other woodland. Three eggs are laid in a small cup nest in a tree.


White-browed Fantail nest with an egg on Mango branch - In Bakamuna, Sri Lanka.jpg

The adult white-browed fantail is about 18 cm long. It has dark brown upperparts, with white spots on the wings, and whitish underparts. The fan-shaped tail is edged in white, and the long white supercilia meet on the forehead. The throat and eyemask are blackish and border whitish moustachial stripes.

The white-browed fantail is insectivorous, and often fans its tail as it moves through the undergrowth.