White-browed Fantail

White-browed Fantail Rhipidura aureola burmanica is a very rare resident of western Yunnan, in forests to 1500 m. Insectivorous diet and behavior typical of fantails. Has broad white supercilium and forehead and mostly white underparts. (White-throated fantail [ssp. celsa] has less extensive supercilium, black forehead, and white throat; rest of body dark grey.) Upperparts greyish or brownish black; mask black; wing bars spotted white. White throat mottled with black, and usually with a dark necklace below; rest of underparts white. Fan-shaped tail tipped white (mostly white from beneath). Short, triangular bill black; feet black. Juvenile similar to adult. Whistled, melodious song of seven or more notes, ascending then descending, sometimes mixed with more chattering calls; short squeaks in alarm. — Craig Brelsford


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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