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21

Northern Fantail

(Rhipidura rufiventris)
Alternate name(s): "Red-vented Fantail", "Banded Fantail"
Size: 19-22 cm
Weight: 11-14 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Northern Grey Fantail at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "isura"

ADULT

Full-frontal view of a Northern Fantail (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Near-lateral view of a Northern Fantail (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Wurrumiyanga, Bathurst Island, NT, September 2016]

Near-lateral view of a Northern Fantail on the ground (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Wurrumiyanga, Bathurst Island, NT, September 2016]

Northern Fantail with its tail fanned (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Lateral view of a Northern Fantail (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, August 2012]

Lateral view of a Northern Fantail (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Lake Argyle, near Kununurra, WA, April 2018]

Lateral view of a Northern Fantail (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Northern Fantail (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Aug - Jan Eggs: 2 Incubation period: ? Fledging age: ?

In favourable conditions Northern Fantails can have two broods per season.

Nest building: Female & male Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Basket with tail Material: Paperbark, spider webs Height above ground: 2 - 20 m

Northern Fantail taking off from its nest (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, September 2011]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 17 x 15 mm Colour: Off-white to creamy, with light- to mid-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Food, Diet

Like all other fantails, Northern Fantails feed primarily on insects and spiders.

Northern Fantail with its prey, a butterfly (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Coomalie Creek, 90 km south of Darwin, NT, June 2018]

Northern Fantail with its prey, a dragonfly (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Coomalie Creek, 90 km south of Darwin, NT, June 2018]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

norfant_20140816.mp3 isura
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call © MD
norfant_20140820.m4a isura
(Darwin, NT)
Extended contact call © MD
norfant_20140816_5.mp3 isura
(Darwin, NT)
Abbreviated contact call © MD
norfant_20140816_4.m4a isura
(Darwin, NT)
Various © MD
norfant_20140819.mp3 isura
(Darwin, NT)
? © MD
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