Northern Fantail

Rhipidura rufiventris

Also known as the Timor Fantail, this species has a large range that includes Australia, PNG and Indonesia. Within Australia it is found in lowland tropical and subtropical forests, dense vine thickets, mangrove fringes and some woodlands from north-western WA to north-eastern Qld. Unlike other fantails, it does not display the typical fanned tail and constant activity, instead the tail is squarish and it sits motionless for periods of time between foraging flights. 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.