Fantails

Fantails are small, active insectivores, with a conspicuous broadly fan-shaped tail. None of the five species recorded in Australia are endemic. The Lord Howe Grey Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa cervina is listed as extinct. The Willie Wagtail R. leucophrys is one of the best known and widespread birds in Australia.

Scientific name: Rhipiduridae (family)

Magpie-lark

Magpie-lark

What does it look and sound like?  The alternative name for this species is the Peewee, which has arisen from its harsh “pee-o-wit” or “pee-wee” call. During the breeding season birds often sit side by side and call alternately, each raising and lowering their wings as they do so. The bold black and white markings also assist in identification. Male birds differ from females in having a black forehead...
Northern Fantail

Northern Fantail

What does it look and sound like?  The plumage is grey to blackish above, with a small whitish eyebrow, cream belly and white vent. The breast is paler grey with numerous vertical ‘tear-drop’ streaks, and the throat is white. Where does it live?  Also known as the Timor Fantail, this species has a large range that includes Australia, PNG and Indonesia. What are its habitats and habits?  Within Austra...
Rufous Fantail

Rufous Fantail

What does it look and sound like?   Within Australia, there are five species of fantail.  Of these, the Rufous Fantail is undoubtedly the most colourful. Its long grey-brown tail, with bright rufous base, is fanned out as it busily flits from tree to tree.  The rump is also rufous in colour, as is the forehead, while the remaining plumage is brown above and white below, with black mottling on the th...