White-browed fantail

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

The white-browed fantail (Rhipidura aureola) is a small passerine bird belonging to the family Rhipiduridae.


White-browed Fantail nest with an egg on mango tree 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.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The white-browed fantail breeds across tropical regions of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The species ranges from eastern Pakistan to southern Indochina. It is found in forest and other woodland.

Behaviour and ecology[edit]

Three eggs are laid in a small cup nest in a tree. The white-browed fantail is insectivorous, and often fans its tail as it moves through the undergrowth.



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Rhipidura aureola". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.