Palau Fantail

Rhipidura lepida

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

RHILEP

ITIS

Egg Color:

Yellow-white



Number of Eggs:

3 - 4



Incubation Days:

15



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

Nests are built near a rock ledge, often near or in a wax apple tree.



Nest Material:

Thin strips of bark, grass, rootlets and soft materials.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Palau Fantail: Small, red-brown fantail with black mark on upper breast, gray on sides of breast, white throat, and white on middle of breast. Black-gray in front of and below eye, on wings, and on most of tail. Fairly broad, rather short black bill. Short, broad wings. Long, broad tail with red-brown tip frequently held open. Medium-length black-gray legs and feet. Feeds on small insects. Forages by fanning tail to flush prey and flying out to snatch it in the air with its bill.

Breeding and Nesting

Palau Fantail: Three to four yellow-white eggs are laid in a small, cup-shaped nest with vegetation hanging down underneath. The nest is constructed with thin strips of bark, grass, and rootlets, and lined with soft materials. Eggs are incubated by the female for 15 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Palau Fantail: Feeds on small insects. Like other fantail species, it forages by opening and closing its tail to flush prey as it moves through the understory with quick flutters and hops. When prey is seen, it flies out to catch it in the air with its bill. It will also snatch insects from vegetation, and sometimes from the ground.

Vocalization

Palau Fantail: Call notes are loud and squeaky "keee-up" or rhythmic "kee-keer-kew" notes. Song is a series of chirps and squeaks.

Similar Species

Unlikely to be confused with any other species in this range.

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