Yellow-bellied fantail

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Yellow-bellied fantail
Yellow-bellied Fantail.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Stenostiridae
Genus: Chelidorhynx
Blyth, 1843
Species: C. hypoxantha
Binomial name
Chelidorhynx hypoxantha
Blyth, 1843

Chelidorhynx hypoxanthus

The yellow-bellied fantail (Chelidorhynx hypoxantha), also known as the yellow-bellied fairy-fantail, is found in the Indian subcontinent, the Himalayas, and portions of Southeast Asia including Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar.[2] It is about 8 cm in size. It is yellow below and has a black eye-stripe, white wing-bar and broad black tail tipped white.

It used to be placed in the family of the fantails (Rhipiduridae), but DNA analysis has shown it to be a close relative of the fairy flycatcher and it has therefore been transferred to the Stenostiridae (IOC World Bird List), in the revalidated monotypic genus Chelidorhynx.[3]

Yellow-bellied fantail at Zuluk, Sikkim


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Chelidorhynx hypoxanthus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive". Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Fuchs, J. R. M.; Pasquet, E.; Couloux, A.; Fjeldså, J.; Bowie, R. C. K. (2009). "A new Indo-Malayan member of the Stenostiridae (Aves: Passeriformes) revealed by multilocus sequence data: Biogeographical implications for a morphologically diverse clade of flycatchers". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 53 (2): 384. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2009.06.015. PMID 19576994. 

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