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Grey Fantail gluing its nest with spider webs

(Rhipidura albiscapa [fuliginosa])
Alternate name(s): "White-shafted Fantail", "White-shafted Flycatcher", "Snapper", "Mad Fan", "Cranky Fan", "Devil-bird", "Land Wagtail"
Aboriginal name(s): Race "albicauda": "koodjinok", "yadoort", "kedjat" (WA)

Size: 14-17 cm
Weight: 7-10 g

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The following describes how Grey Fantails bind their nests. It can be seen that cobwebs are NOT carried in the bill, but that birds stick their head into a spider's web and carry the sticky mess, half-blind, that way.

Grey Fantail bringing a new load of spider webs, stuck to its head so thick that the bird can hardly see
(photo courtesy of V. Collins)
[Killarney SCA, NSW, November 2020]

Grey Fantail gluing spider web to the outside of its nest (photo courtesy of V. Collins)
[Killarney SCA, NSW, November 2020]

Grey Fantail smoothing out the newly glued outside of its nest with side-swiping movements of the underside of its bill
(photo courtesy of V. Collins)
[Killarney SCA, NSW, November 2020]

Grey Fantail inspecting the upgraded outside of its nest - all good! (photo courtesy of V. Collins)
[Killarney SCA, NSW, November 2020]

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