Palau Fantail

Rhipidura lepida

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

RHILEP

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Palau Fantail has a very small range of just 440 square kilometers. It is restricted to Palau and occurs in the undergrowth of forest. It is resident on most islands in the country, is most common on Peleliu, and least common on Koror. The population of the Palau Fantail is estimated to be around 27,000 individuals. This species appears to be fairly common, has a stable population, and has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Palau Fantail: Small, red-brown fantail with black mark on breast, gray sides of breast, white throat, and white on middle of breast. Black-gray in front of and below eye, on wings, and on tail. Long, broad tail with red-brown tip. Medium-length black-gray legs and feet. Sexes similar, juvenile like adult but more gray on head.


Range and Habitat

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Palau Fantail SONGS AND CALLS

Palau Fantail QQ1

Call is a downslurred, squeaky "kee-eer" or a "keer-keer-kew".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"keee-up", "kee-keer-kew"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Between 1930 and 1940, these birds were considered rare, but they have become much one of the most common forest birds throughout Palau.
  • The Palau Fantail can only be found on the Island of Palau.
  • The Palauan name of this bird is "Melimdelebdeb" or "Chesisirech."
  • A group of fantails is collectively known as a "spread" of fantails.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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