Rhipidura javanica,Pied Fantail,Burung Kipas

Written by on November 19, 2010 in Bali Bird, Java Meru Betiri National Park with 0 Comments

Rhipidura javanica,Pied Fantail,Burung KipasRhipidura javanica, Pied Fantail, Burung Kipas

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.

Their hyperactive madcap hunting style is probably what earned them their Malay name which means “Crazy Thrush”.

Breeding: Pied Fantails breed from February to July. They build a neat well-made nest, lashed onto the fork of thin branches in the middle of a bush or leafy creeper, sometimes on a bamboo stem. The nest is built low (at our eye-level). It is made out of stiff plant fibers held together with spiders’ webs. Usually a neat cone ending in a delicate tail. 2 yellowish-white eggs with small brown spots are laid.

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