Grey Fantail

About the Grey Fantail

Also known as: Gray Fantail, New Zealand Fantail
The Grey Fantail is a small species of songbird native to Australia, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia.

Several subspecies of this insectivorous species are recognized, distinguished by slight differences in plumage as well as range. Our Birdorable bird, with its dark tail and buffy underparts is based on nominate Rhipidura albiscapa albiscapa which breeds on Tasmania and the Bass Strait Islands. Across all subspecies, males and females look alike.

Grey Fantails feed primarily on insects, as well as spiders, small lizards, and sometimes fruits or seeds. They are found in a variety of wooded habitats and seem well-adapted to live in areas of human disturbance like the edges of farmland, parks, and the like. Their population is stable and they are not considered to be vulnerable to extinction with a conservation status of "Least Concern".
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 07 December 2022
Scientific Name
Rhipidura albiscapa
  • Passeriformes
  • Rhipiduridae
  • Rhipidura
  • R. albiscapa
Units: Imperial / Metric
5.5 to 6.7 inches
.23 to .32 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 新西兰扇尾鹟
Czech (Cesky) pávík popelavý
Danish (Dansk) Newzealandsk Viftehale
Dutch (Nederlands) Maoriwaaierstaart
Finnish (Suomi) tiaisviuhko
French (Français) Rhipidure à collier
German (Deutsch) Neuseeland-Fächerschwanz
Italian (Italiano) Codaventaglio grigio
Japanese (日本語) ニュージーランドオウギビタキ [nyu-ji-randoougibitaki]
Norwegian (Norsk) Maoriviftestjert
Polish (Polski) wachlarzówka posępna
Portuguese (Português) Cauda-de-leque-cinzento
Russian (русский язык) Новозеландская веерохвостка
Spanish (Español) Abanico Maorí
Swedish (Svenska) maorisolfjäderstjärt
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