Birds of Morni: White-browed Fantail Flycatcher

February 25, 2013

White-browed Fantail Flycatcher (Rhipidura aureola)  about 7″ with dark, dull, blackish-brown body and the trademark white ‘eyebrows’ (superciliums) and a fan-shaped tail.The throat is black with a white collar. The fan-shaped tail feathers have white edges. The beak and the feet are black. It is a restless bird that continously flicks its tail up and down or moves its sideways as it spreads and closes its fantail! The wings are similarly opened and closed energetically. The white-browed fantail darts in and out of the undergrowth in search of insects and continously prances from twig to twig making its photography particularly challenging. The continous antics of the fantail lend it the Hindi name, ‘Nachan’ (Dancer). Flight is short and direct. Nest is a cup attached to a branch with cobwebs. It often associates with other birds like the Robins and the Chats. It is commonly found in the scrub forests of low hills.

White-browed Fantail Flycatcher, Mandana, Morni hills (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey)

White-browed Fantail Flycatcher, Mandana, Morni hills (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey)

White-browed Fantail Flycatcher, Mandana (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey)

White-browed Fantail Flycatcher, Mandana (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey)

White-browed Fantail Flycatcher at Mandana (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey)

White-browed Fantail Flycatcher at Mandana (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey)

 

White-browed Fantail Flycatcher at Mandana

White-browed Fantail Flycatcher at Mandana

Fantail Flycatcher, Rasoon

Fantail Flycatcher, Rasoon

 

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