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 Bangladesh,[2] 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.