Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

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Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

Post by dolina on Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:11 am

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Pied Fantails are named for their habit of fanning out their beautiful long tails. It has been suggested that by revealing the white tips of the tail, insects are startled into movement.

Pied Fantails eat mainly insects. Unlike their relatives the flycatchers, Fantails forage close to the ground in the dark understorey, perching on a root or low branch, teetering at the ready to launch into flight. They catch their prey on the wing and rarely miss. Their broad bill is ringed with spines (rictal bristles) which may help them catch insects even in the dim light of the understorey.

They move actively in the undergrowth, lurching from perch to perch; dashing in acrobatic flights. They make short flights from one cover to the next. They are generally quite inquisitive and not shy. They hunt alone or in pairs.

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Re: Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

Post by nelson khor on Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:15 pm

This is very active bird and always move right and left.... well done

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Re: Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

Post by JKC on Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:48 pm

you can only get them easily during nesting time. Smile

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